Biography of John Morgan
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

John Morgan, president of the National Tire & Rubber Company, East Palestine, is among the representative and successful business men of Columbiana County. He was born in London, England, Nov. 1, 1880, and is the son of Thomas Walter and Mary Ann Morgan.

Thomas Walter Morgan, deceased, was a native of London, England, and his wife was born in Ireland. He was connected with London shipping interests and at the time of his death in 1895 was superintendent of a line of steamships owned and controlled by the famous East India Company. His wife died in London in 1921. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan had three daughters, who live in England, and two sons: James, lives in Jacksonville, Fla.; and John, the subject of this sketch.

John Morgan was reared in London and Paris. He was graduated from the City of London College and traveled later in foreign countries to complete his education. He began his business career as assistant to a buying commissionaire in Paris, France, for a wholesale London house. He served as secretary to Basil Zaharoff, resident European Director in Paris, France, of Vickers Sons & Maxim, Ltd., London, England, Great Britain's most important steel and munitions firm. During the great war, Monsieur Zaharoff gave such aid to the Allied cause that the governments of Great Britain and France gave him their highest honors, and Sir Basil Zaharoff is known today throughout the world as one of the few men who directed the destinies of the world during the great war.

Coming to America in 1905 and realizing the industrial revolution incident to the rapid development of the importation of high class foreign automobiles, Mr. Morgan later gravitated to the automobile tire industry. The manufacture and distribution of the Kempshall tire brought Mr. Morgan to East Palestine, where Fate evidently intervened and declared that he should remain as an integral part of the McGraw Tire & Rubber Company, which at that time was a small struggling rubber concern. He continued with the McGraw Company, rising to the position of vice president and treasurer, and in May, 1920, became president of the company, upon the death of Mr. E. C. McGraw, his father in law. The McGraw Company originated with $100,000 capital, and grew to a five million dollar institution, having paid the majority of its stockholders very handsome cash and stock dividends throughout the period of its expansion. In 1920 the world wide industrial catastrophe was largely responsible for the unfortunate circumstances of many concerns in varied lines. In rubber, the great concerns of the industry were only saved from bankruptcy by their size and importance. The McGraw concern fought its battle against great odds, and faunally, for the benefit of its creditors, was liquidated. Mr. Morgan, with several associates had, some five years before, purchased the controlling interest in the National Tire & Rubber Company of East Palestine, and in 1924, Mr. Morgan was tendered the presidency of this concern. From very small beginnings, the National Company has developed into a concern which is nationally known as one of the substantial rubber companies of the country. On Jan. 1, 1926, after having paid an accumulation of four and three quarters years preferred stock dividends, the company's balance showed a ratio of five to one assets against liabilities, having liquidated all bank loans. The National Tire & Rubber Company stands as the proud owner and exclusive manufacturer of one of the latest and most important developments in the tire industry, namely, the Shock Pad Cord Tire construction.

On April 12, 1911, Mr. Morgan was united in marriage with Miss Edwyna Charlotte McGraw, of Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Edwin C. and Lenore H. McGraw, natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. McGraw died May 24, 1920, and his widow lives in Miami, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan have two children: Miriam L., born Jan. 14, 1912, a student at St. Mary of the Woods College, Indiana; and Hubert John, born May 2, 1924.

Mr. Morgan is a Republican and holds membership in the Catholic Church.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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