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Johnny Morris poses with his statue during a Sept. 14 ceremony.
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Johnny Morris poses with his statue during a Sept. 14 ceremony.

Morris inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

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Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris this week was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

A statue depicting Morris now is on display at the Missouri State Capitol between the Senate and House chambers, according to state officials. Morris was inducted into the hall during a ceremony on Sept. 14.

"We recognize Missouri's native son Johnny Morris for his continued commitment and investment in conservation in Missouri," Gov. Mike Parson tweeted Tuesday.

Morris' induction represented Springfield legislator Elijah Haahr's last official act as speaker of the House. In a tweet, he pointed to the impact created by Bass Pro and Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

"Their impact is national and international," Haahr said.

At the Hall of Famous Missourians, Morris joins inductees including former state and national legislator John Ashcroft, author Laura Ingalls Wilder and explorer Sacajawea.

Morris' Bass Pro and its Cabela's subsidiary have 169 stores, with another coming this year to the Sunset Hills area in St. Louis.

Morris this spring ranked No. 705 on Forbes' annual list of the wealthiest people in the world. His estimated net worth is $6.9 billion as of today, according to Forbes.

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user9245

Well deserved. Congratulations.

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