Morgan, Edwin D. (Edwin Denison), 1811-1883

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Dates:
Birth 1811-02-08
Death 1883-02-14
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Biographical notes:

New York governor, 1859-1863.

From the description of Letter : Albany, [N.Y.], to Abraham Lincoln, Washington, D.C., 1862 Jan. 10. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 30798399

Governor of New York, U.S. Senator, major general, merchant.

From the description of Letter, 1867 November 71. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122458844

U.S. senator from New York, U.S. army officer, governor of New York, and businessman.

From the description of Letter of Edwin D. Morgan, 1866. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454622

Governor of New York, 1859-1862, and United States Senator 1863-1869; originally a resident of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Morgan relocated to New York City in 1836 where he remained until his death in 1881.

From the description of Papers, 1859-1862. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 475842418

Governor of New York and Senator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, to Thomas McElrath, 1862 Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612739

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to E.R. Hoar, 1870 May 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612944

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, to Horace Greeley, 1860 Dec. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612737

From the description of Autograph note signed : New York, N.Y., 1881 Dec. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613179

Merchant and politician. Morgan became involved in the wholesale grocery business as early as 1828, then residing in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1836 he moved to New York, NY, where he expanded his commercial enterprises to banking and railroads. In addition, he became involved in politics with his election in 1849 to the New York City Board of Assistant Alderman. He was later elected to the New York State Senate, where he spearheaded legislation to promote the development of railroads. In 1858, he was elected Governor of New York State as a Republican. Re-elected in 1860, his major achievements as governor were the improvement of the State's credit and giving maximum support to the Lincoln administration during the Civil War. In 1863, the New York State Legislature chose him to fill the open United States Senate seat. Serving one six year term, he had generally supported the policies of the Radical Republicans that dominated the chamber at that time. In addition to elected offices, Morgan played a significant role in the development of the Republican Party as a major political force in the United States, serving as its chief fundraiser from 1858 to 1876. He retired from politics after the 1876 campaign having failed to make a comeback as Governor. The remaining years of his life were devoted to business interests and as a benifactor to numerous educational institutions, hospitals, and charitable organizations.

From the description of Papers, 1830-1872. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122582930

Edwin Denison Morgan (1811-1883) was an American politician and merchant who served as a New York State Governor (1859-1862) and U.S. Senator (1863-1869).

  • 1811: Born in Washington, Massachusetts on February 8th
  • 1832: Member of the Hartford city council
  • 1849: Alderman of New York City
  • 1850 - 1855 : Member of the New York State Senate
  • 1855 - 1858 : New York State Commissioner of Immigration
  • 1856 - 1864 : Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • 1859 - 1862 : New York State Governor
  • 1861 - 1863 : Major General of Volunteers in the Union Army
  • 1863 - 1869 : United States Senator
  • 1872 - 1876 : Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • 1881: Declined nomination for Secretary of the Treasury by President Chester A. Arthur
  • 1883: Died in New York City on February 14th

From the guide to the Edwin D. Morgan Letters, 1839-1880, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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  • Pardon
  • Coast defenses
  • Railroads
  • New York State
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • United States--Politics and government--1865-1877
  • Legislators--United States
  • Governor
  • Governors--New York (State)
  • Politics, government and public administration
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • United States--History--1865-1898

Occupations:

  • Merchants
  • Legislators
  • Governors--New York (State)
  • Army officers
  • Officers (military officers)
  • Businessmen
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--New York (State)
  • Governors

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