Biography of David R. Morse


Morse, David R., Buffalo, president of the Erie County Savings Bank, is a son of Asher and Anna (Reynolds) Morse, and was born in Westerlo, Albany county, N.Y., October 14, 1819. His grandfather, David Morse, came from Connecticut and settled just over the line in the county of Greene. Mr. Morse was reared on the farm and in his father's grist and saw mills, attending the district schools when opportunity permitted. When fourteen he became a clerk in a general store and forwarding house in Coxsackie, where he remained four years. Afterward he was variously occupied in New York city until 1843, when he came to Buffalo, where he has since resided. Here he was engaged in the dry goods trade until 1850, and from that time to 1863 conducted a successful ship chandlery and vessel business. In the latter year he retired from active life. He was made a director of the Erie County Savings Bank about 1879, later became its vice-president, and since 1889 has filled the responsible position of president. His ability as a financier is well known. As the head of one of the largest and wealthiest fiduciary institutions in Western New York he stands high in banking circles, and is widely recognized as a man of integrity, enterprise and sound judgment. With only a limited district school education he has won his own way to eminence and achieved success. He is president of the Forest Lawn Cemetery Association, was for some time a director of the Buffalo, New York and Erie Railroad, and is prominently identified with the best interests of the city. Though often urged to accept political honors he has steadfastly refused, with one exception, when he served in the Common Council. October 14, 1845, he married Miss Elizabeth G., daughter of William T. Miller of Buffalo, and they have three children living: Jennie (Mrs. Walter T. Wilson), Charles M., and Anna (Mrs. Samuel Ames).

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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