John O’Connell Morrissey was born April 13, 1896.  He was educated in Bloomington schools, and attended University of Illinois but left to serve in the Army in World War I.  John was a sergeant in the Army ambulance service on the Italian front.  After the war he graduated from University of Chicago with a degree in law.  He returned to Bloomington to practice with is fathers firm in the Unity building.  Morrissey was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the McLean County Bar Association, Louis E. Davis post, American Legion, and the Holy Trinity Church.  After an illness of six months, he died July 24, 1939 and is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

This collection contains photocopies of John Morrissey’s journal of his life during World War I, which he wrote in 1918 while in Genoa, Italy.