Biography of John Morgan
Madison County, NY Biographies





Morgan, John, who for more than sixty years has been identified with business life in Madison village, and who during that period has always been regarded as one of the foremost men of the town, was born in Clinton, Conn., April 20, 1821, and was one of four children in the family of John and Esther (Parsons) Morgan. At the age of sixteen he started out to make his own way in life, coming to Madison, where he learned the trade of tinsmithing with Henry Hull, who knew the young man and was naturally attracted by his frank, manly demeanor. In the first year of his apprenticeship John Morgan earned $29 and saved $7 of the amount; when twenty one years old he had saved $100. His very first sixpence was earned in helping to unload hay. This was the foundation of his later success in business life, for Mr. Morgan became forehanded as the result of energy, perseverance and honesty; he has always made generous use of his means for the benefit of family and friends. After his apprenticeship was ended Mr. Morgan worked three years as "boss" in Mr. Hull's shop and for the next three years was his partner in business. After Mr. Hull's death Mr. Morgan continued alone for a time, but later was associated with his sons, to whom he eventually sold out his interest and devoted himself to farming and caring for his other property. He is still an active man, notwithstanding his seventy eight years of life and in Madison no man is more highly respected than he. He has always taken an earnest interest in the welfare of the town, is an active Republican, though never seeking political honors. He has been a member of the M. E. church more than forty years, and has held the positions of trustee and class leader. Of his means he has generously contributed to the support of the church and to other worthy causes. Mr. Morgan has been thrice married; his first wife was Pamelia J. Merchant, who died soon after marriage; his second wife was Phoebe Hazard, daughter of Paul and Lucretia Hazard. She died four years after marriage. His third wife was Lucretia Hazard, sister to his second wife. Three children were born of the last marriage: Leverett J., Harry and Albert.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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