Brief Bio of Morris Hallowell

Morris Longstreth Hallowell IV was born in 1949 of old New England stock, descending from five of the only twenty-two Mayflower passengers who bore surviving children. His father (Middlesex School and Harvard) and his mother (Concord Academy and Vassar) met in Concord, Massachusetts just after the war, where both their parents lived, and where Morris was subsequently born. He grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut.

He was graduated from Greenwich High School, holds a BA in English Literature from Colgate University, and an MBA from Boston University.

After finishing school, he managed retail stores for Design Research in Westport, Connecticut, San Francisco and Philadelphia.  D|R was an offshoot of Walter Gropius' and Ben Thompson's, The Architect's Collaborative, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It sold furniture, fabrics, clothing, kitchen and dining room gear complementing the contemporary Bauhaus-style houses being designed by TAC.

From 1977 until 1983, he was president of Aston Martin of North America Inc., the English carmaker's US subsidiary for importation and distribution; establishing and maintaining a dealer organization as well as parts distribution, service training, P/R and marketing.

In 1983, a change of ownership of the Aston Martin factory suggested a conversion of his longtime interest in fine guns into an actual business. He formed Hallowell & Co. in Greenwich, Connecticut, next door to the former headquarters of Aston Martin in the USA.

In 1991, he married Ann Ballard, a fine lady of many mutual interests, and while he did not know her at the time, was born in the same hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

A deteriorating political climate and increased hostility to the firearms business in Connecticut prompted a move to Montana in 1999. He sold the Greenwich building to respected gunmakers and dealers, Griffin & Howe. They continued to operate a gun business from those premises until, in 2014 the same cause, magnified, forced their withdrawal from Connecticut as well. Our old building is now a parking lot for the Ferrari dealer next door.

But, Montana is wonderful.

A few of his extracurricular interests, apart from guns and shooting, revolve around music from 1705 - 1849, piano, audio, literature, history, American landscape painting, food and wine, skiing, riding, photography and blacksmithing.


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