Biography of Henry Morse


Morse, Henry, Buffalo, is a self-made man, having applied his splendid mentalities to his opportunities and circumstances. His beginning was humble. Born in the town of Vienna, Oneida county, N. Y., November 23, 1826, he worked as a boy on his father's farm until he was sixteen years of age, attending the district schools in the neighborhood. Not contented with his environment, poor and ambitious, at this early age he left the farm and went on the canal, where for twelve years he labored in different positions, doing better each year. Comprehending in advance of the times the advantages of the canal business, he came to Buffalo with his brother, Lansing Morse, in 1854, and engaged in the transportation business. The firm of Lansing & Henry Morse continued for over thirty-eight years, and by close attention to business and honorable dealing among men, was eminently successful. In the latter years of his life Lansing Morse was blind, but, arm in arm, these two old men, one guiding the other, were familiar figures upon the streets of Buffalo going to their business daily. Henry Morse is one of Buffalo's substantial business men. He is interested in many financial institutions, and performs his duty as a citizen. While interested in Buffalo's welfare he has accepted political position but once, when he was elected alderman for four years of the old Ninth (now the Twentieth) ward. Unostentatious in his style of living, cordial in his friendship, prompt and progressive in his work, he stands in the front rank among Buffalo's best citizens.

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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