Morgan, John Tyler, 1824-1907

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Birth 1824-06-20
Death 1907-06-11

Biographical notes:

A lawyer from Dallas County, Alabama, Morgan was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1876 and served there until his death. As chairman of the Inter-oceanic and Foreign Relations Committees, he promoted the annexation of Cuba and the construction of an isthmian canal.

From the description of Papers, 1857-1907. (Auburn University). WorldCat record id: 26181771

U.S. senator from Alabama and lawyer.

From the description of Papers of John Tyler Morgan, 1840-1907 (bulk 1882-1907). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71066371

Alabama lawyer and occasional author.

From the description of Letter to John Reuben Thompson [manuscript], 1860 April 20. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647993418

Biographical Note

  • 1824, June 20: Born, Athens, Tenn.
  • 1833: Moved to Calhoun County, Ala.
  • 1845: Admitted to the Alabama bar
  • 1846: Married Cornelia Willis
  • 1855: Move to Selma, Ala.
  • 1860: Presidential elector on the John C. Breckinridge ticket
  • 1861: Delegate, Alabama secession convention, Montgomery, Ala.
  • 1861: Enlisted as a private in the Confederate States Army and promoted through all grades to lieutenant-colonel, Fifth Alabama Regiment
  • 1862: Resigned commission in Confederate States Army to recruit and command the Fifty-first Alabama Cavalry
  • 1863: Promoted to brigadier-general
  • 1865: Resumed law practice in Selma, Ala.
  • 1877 - 1907 : United States senator from Alabama
  • 1892: Appointed as an arbitrator in the Bering Sea fisheries dispute
  • 1898: Appointed as one of three commissioners to draft legislation for Hawaii
  • 1907, June 11: Died, Selma, Ala.

From the guide to the John Tyler Morgan Papers, 1840-1907, (bulk 1882-1907), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Mrs. Darling was born in New Hampshire in 1840, a descendant of Henry Adams who settled in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1636. She married Col. Edward Irving Darling, 22 years her senior, in 1860, and went with him to live at his Louisiana home. He died of wounds received in battle, December 2, 1863. Her only son was Edward Erving Darling, a minor musician-composer, who died July 13, 1894. Mrs. Darling suffered from repeated attacks of malarial fever and, after 1876, from deafness. Her years of widowhood were spent in writing Mrs. Darling's Letters, or Memoirs of the Civil War A Social Diplomat and other books.

From 1889 to 1896 her major interests and efforts were devoted to the founding of women's patriotic societies. Mrs. Darling's obsession for organizing and ruling patriotic societies, and her willingness to abandon one when her opinion or desires were thwarted, is illustrated by the rapid succession with which the societies followed each other: Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) founded October 11, 1890; Daughters of the Revolution (D.R.) founded June 18, 1891; Daughters of the United States of the War of 1812, founded January 8, 1892; founded because of disagreement over policies of the D. A. R., policies adopted over the protest of Mrs. Darling. This collection is composed almost entirely of letters written to her during these years of controversy. There are some delightful, pithy and well-written letters in the group.

From the guide to the Flora Adams Darling Papers, 1862-1908, (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)


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  • General Society of the Daughters of the Revolution
  • Bimetallism
  • Bering Sea controversy
  • States' rights (American politics)
  • Legislators
  • Cuban question
  • Tariff
  • Politics, Practical
  • Indians of North America--Government relations
  • State rights
  • Railroad law
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • National Society, United States Daughters of 1812
  • Railroad law--United States
  • Canals--Nicaragua
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  • Cuba (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Cuba (as recorded)
  • Alabama (as recorded)
  • Alabama (as recorded)