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Bass Pro’s Johnny Morris inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Tuesday. 

Morris, from Springfield, started Bass Pro Shops in the early 1970s from the back of his father’s liquor store. There are now more than 200 stores and marine centers around the world. 

Gov. Mike Parson, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, and former House Speaker Elijah Haahr were on hand for the unveiling of the bust in the House Chambers. 

“One of the greatest honors as speaker of the House is the chance to select someone for the Hall of Famous Missourians,” Haahr said. “Representing the 134th district, where Bass Pro and Wonders of Wildlife reside, made the decision easy. Johnny Morris is not just a Missouri legend; he is a national treasure.” 

Former House Speaker Elijah Haahr, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, and Gov. Mike Parson pose with Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, as he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.  (HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS/TIM BOMMEL)

Morris is an avid conservationist. He’s sparked national initiatives as well as partnered with a variety of like-minded organizations. He was awarded the Audubon Medal in 2019 and the Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist Award, presented by former President H.W. Bush in 1990. 

Last year, Annie White Baxtor was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians as only the ninth woman. She was the first woman elected to public office in Missouri and the first female county clerk in the U.S.