Biography of Lorin N. Morrison
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LORIN N. MORRISON
One of the best known and prominent mining men of Utah, who has won prominence through his wonderful capabilities and efficiency, is Lorin N. Morrison. That all of his mining interests are in the State of Utah shows what faith he has in the future of this wonderful industry, in this State. Mr. Morrison's career has been one of activity, and he, like many others, has learned the lesson that the secret of success lies in hard and consistent plugging, and not in lying down when beset with adversities.

Mr. Morrison was born on the 3rd of June, 1855, in the town of Black Brook, Clinton County, New York. He is the son of Bradley Morrison and Mary Ramsdell Morrison. His father was a lumber and iron contractor, and the young man, when yet a boy, became interested in the lumber business. It was the experience that he received in his extreme youth that stood him in hand when he went out into the world to earn his own fortune. He was educated, or received his early training, in the schools of Dannemora, Clinton County, and Chateaugay, Franklin County, New York. School not appealing to the boy, at the age of fourteen he left home and went to Menominee and engaged in the lumber business, and then in the charcoal business. From the above place he went to Marquette and was engaged in the same lines. He worked for many years in this country and became very prominent and respected by all of those with whom he came in contact.

He always had a desire for the West, and as soon as he deemed it wise he started for this country. He first located in Hilliard, Wyoming, where, in company with his brothers, he engaged in the charcoal trade. At this time they found that business very profitable and were soon looked upon as the charcoal men of that country. For a long time he with his brothers supplied the Flagstaff mines and smelters with over one hundred thousand bushels of charcoal a month. This business proved to be a very lucrative one, and they were content to stay there for some time. Mr. Morrison, however, having had a desire to engage in the mining industry, came to Utah on leaving Hilliard, and, arriving here, became engaged in the industry at Frisco, Utah. He was very successful from the outset, and, after putting a great deal of time in the promotion of this property, he soon began to interest himself in other properties throughout the State. He promoted, in conjunction with others, the Comet, Blackbird, Yankee Con, Gold Development, Indian Queen, Con and King David Mining Companies. All of these companies are too well known to speak of them here, other than to say that Mr. Morrison has been uniformly successful in all of these ventures and exemplified the foresightedness and the aggressiveness for which he had gained such a reputation in whatever country he had been engaged in business. Today this gentleman is looked upon in the State of Utah, where all of the mines in which he is interested are located, as one of the best men in the game, and his friends say that he is deserving of all the credit that is given him.

His domestic life is a most happy and congenial one. He was married to Miss Kate Kennedy on the 7th of April, 1881. The union has been blessed by two children, Lorin E. and Laura Morrison. A man of domestic tastes, his whole life is wrapped up in his home, and his beautiful residence at 437 South Fourth East is frequently the scene of delightful house parties. He is not identified or affiliated with any clubs or societies, and he has never craved political prestige. He is an indefatigable worker, and when his work is done, he seeks the quietude of his own fireside.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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