Biography of Le Grand Morse
Arena Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Le Grand Morse. Was born near Ithaca, in the State of New York, May 27, 1842, tracing an American ancestry back until a few years after the coming of the Mayflower. Came to California in 1852, and on the way was wrecked on the steamship North America, near Acapulco, Mexico. Arrived in San Francisco in May, and went with his parents to Forest Hill, Placer county, and remained one year, and then returned to San Francisco, where, his father being unfortunate in business enterprises, he went to work at the early age of twelve years, performing hard labor, occasionally going to school during a short time in the winters. When seventeen he removed to Point Arena, Mendocino county, with his parents and there assisted to clear, plough, and fence a farm of two hundred acres. Assisted on the farm a few years and then worked as a lumberman on the Noyo river; then returned to the farm, made a strike, then attended Sotoyome Academy, Healdsburg one year. His money giving out he went to San Francisco, and worked for a time in a coffee and spice mill; returned to Point Arena and taught the public school in Manchester district for six months, then taught school (public) in Mendocino City for fourteen months, subsequently returned to Point Arena and acted as clerk in the store of A. W. Hall, then a heavy operator at that point. In 1869, he started a drug and general merchandise establishment at Point Arena, built up a flourishing business and successfully conducted it for ten years, during this time being postmaster for seven years. In 1876, he sold out his business and resigned his position as postmaster, and commenced the practice of law, having studied that profession at odd moments and been admitted to the bar. He is still engaged in the practice of law, having a respectable clientage. During the agitation of the New Constitution question Mr. Morse took an active part in favor of the adoption of that instrument and subsequently was nominated by the New Constitution party to represent Mendocino county in the Legislature. At the election he received the support of all parties and thus became one of the members of the first Legislature that acted on the provisions of the New Organic Law. In personal appearance Mr Morse is of medium height and spare built, agile, and wiry, with an energetic, nervous temperament. He is, politically, a conservative Republican, and in all things naturally conservative, cautious, and prudent.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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