Born on October 20, 1900, in Verona, Wisconsin, Wayne Lyman Morse left a deep legacy of commitment to democratic representation, the rule of law, and intellectual independence in his service to the University of Oregon, the State of Oregon, and the nation. He displayed this commitment in his work as a law professor and dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, a labor arbitrator, and while serving the State of Oregon as U.S. senator.

During Wayne Morse’s 24-year tenure in the Senate, 1945-69, he was a leader in a wide range of issues, including the anti-war movement, education, civil rights and international law. He is perhaps best remembered for his historic stance as one of two members of Congress who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which initiated U.S. military intervention in Vietnam.

Early Career


Labor Rights


Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse


Political Philosophy


Vietnam War




Political Career

Death Penalty Opposition