GEORGE N. MORSE, MERIDEN: Ex-State Senator.
George Newton Morse was born in Meriden, Oct. 16, 1853. He is a descendant of John Morse, born 1604, who was one
of the seven Puritans of that name who emigrated from England to America in 1635, settled at New Haven, and was
one of the founders of Wallingford in 1670, and was a deputy and commissioner to the general court for fourteen
years, dying in 1707 at the age of 103. On his maternal side Mr. Morse is a descendant of Rev. Samuel Hall of Cheshire,
born 1695, died 1776, who married Annie Law, daughter of Gov. Jonathan Law and granddaughter of Gov. Wm. Brenton
of Rhode Island.
After the usual training in the common schools, Mr. Morse attended, when sixteen years of age, the Connecticut
Literary Institute at Suffield in 1869-70. For several years he was correspondent of the New York Mirror and the
Turfs, Field, and Farm. He has been at one time or another in various mercantile pursuits. In 1872 he was a member
of Charter Oak Hose Company in the old volunteer fire department. In 1882 he moved to Kansas City but returned
to Meriden the following year. Was married in 1877 to Mary A., daughter of John C. Byxbee, by whom he has had two
children: John B., born 1880, and Ida L., born 1882. He has been a prominent figure in local and state politics.
At the state convention held in Hartford in May, 1888, to choose delegates to the democratic national convention,
he was chairman of his town's delegation. He was a delegate to the state convention held in September of the same
year at New Haven, presenting the name of Hon. Carlos French for governor in the county caucus, and Hon. E. B.
Manning to the convention for electoral delegate. The latter was nominated and elected. Mr. Morse was nominated
for state senator in 1888 and was elected by a plurality of 353. In the presidential campaign of 1888, he organized
and was president of the Cleveland democratic club of Meriden. In the state senate he was chairman of the manufactures
and woman's suffrage committees; introduced and advocated the passage of the cigarette bill, which is now the law.
The most notable speeches which he delivered in that body were those on ballot reform, the Westport ballot box
contest, oleomargarine, and the Storrs School appropriation. He was the author of the famous Parnell resolutions,
which were finally passed by the general assembly after a bitter contest. He organized and is the secretary of
the Senate Club of 1889-90. He was chairman of the town delegation to the state convention held in Hartford in
September, 189o, and at this convention was a candidate for the office of secretary of state. He is a member of
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, an officer in the state Democratic Club, trustee of the Royal Arcanum, a member of
the I. O. Odd Fellows, O. U. American Mechanics, Golden Eagles, I. O. Red Men, Political Equality Club, and Sons
of the American Revolution.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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