HON. DANIEL NASH MORGAN, BRIDGEPORT: Banker.
Daniel N. Morgan, one of the most widely known citizens of Fairfield county, was born in Newtown, August 18, 1844,
and educated at the. Newtown Academy, Bethel Institute, and in the common schools. He was thoroughly educated to
the mercantile pursuit, during the last five years of his minority in his father's store, when he succeeded to
the control of the business for one year; subsequently for three years he was of the flourishing firm of Morgan
& Booth, retiring in 1869, and removing to Bridgeport, where for more than ten years he was of the firm of
Birdsev & Morgan, transacting a large and profitable business in dry goods and carpets, having also during
that period probably the largest dressmaking establishment in the state, enjoying a choice southern trade. During
the year 1877 he was connected with the firm of Morgan, Hopson & Co., wholesale grocers. He was a member of
the common council of Bridgeport in 1873-4, mayor of Bridgeport in 1880 and 1884; on the board of education in
the same town in 1877-78, and for many years parish clerk, and is senior warden of Trinity Church. He is vice president
and member of the board of directors of the Bridgeport Hospital; vice president of the Consolidated Rolling Stock
Company; sinking fund commissioner of the city; vice president of the state 'democratic club; president of the
City National Bank since 1879, during which time $125,000 has been added to its surplus; president of the Mechanics'
and Farmers' Savings Bank, whose deposits have increased half a million during the past five years, with assets
now of $1,000,000. Mr. Morgan was state senator from the fourteenth district in 1885 and 1886, having been previously,
in 1883, elected to the lower house by a majority of 940, the largest ever given a member since the organization
of the town. For two years he was Worshipful Master of Corinthian Lodge, No. 104, F. and A. M. He is now a member
of Hamilton Commandery, No. 5, K. T., and also of Pequonock Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F. He married, in 1868, Medora
H. Judson, daughter of the late Hon. Wm. A. Judson, formerly of Huntington, a lifelong democrat, and senator from
the tenth district in 1852, and a member of the house in 1844, 1848, 1850, and 1854. Mr. Morgan's maternal grandfather
was Daniel Nash, late of Westport, who was well known locally as an eminent financier, living into his 96th year.
Mr. Morgan's father, Ezra Morgan, represented Newtown in the legislature in 1842, 1862, and 1868. He was of one
of the oldest families of the state; was for many years a merchant, and for a long time president of the Hatter's
National Bank of Bethel.
The subject of this sketch has two children, a son and a daughter.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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