MORGAN, EDWARD J., was born in Wilmington, Essex county, N. Y., on the 27th day of December, 1834. After receiving
a common school education he became early connected with the Crown Point, N. Y., Iron Works, and there acquired
a thorough business training, and fitted himself for the duties and responsibilities of his future business career.
After an invaluable experience there, extending over a period of more than twenty years, he came to Burlington
in May, 1872, and connected himself with the business of manufacturing doors, sash and blinds, which had been established
about four years earlier by his partner, Albert Taft. The success of this enterprise, detailed in the history of
the manufacturing interests of the city of Burlington, is too well known, not only in Burlington, but throughout
New England and the whole continent, to require further comment.
On the maternal side he was descended from a distinguished ancestry, and his mother was a sister of the late Bishop
Hedding. She was therefore a member of the Methodist 'Episcopal Church. Notwithstanding this early inclination
towards that denomination, Mr. Morgan became in his youth an active member of the Congregational Church in Crown
Point, and after his advent to Burlington soon associated himself with the First Congregational Church of this
city. He was a man of fervent though quiet piety. He was never assuming or self assertive, and the graces of his
gentle character were best known to his more intimate acquaintances, and in the bosom of his family, where he was
ever affectionate and beloved. He died on the 14th of June, 1885, in the prime of life, and at the noontide of
his most promising achievements. The Burlington Free Press of June 18, 1885, among other things said of Mr. Morgan:
"The community has lost a respected and valued citizen, an upright and enterprising business man, and to many
a beloved and honored friend. He was a member of the well known and highly prosperous firm of Taft & Morgan,
manufacturers of doors, sash and blinds, and in his business relations was known as a man of strict integrity,
unswerving fidelity, and a courtesy and kindness of demeanor which endeared him to all. It is largely to his business
insight and enterprise that the firm of which he was a member owes its present success." Mr. Morgan was a
consistent Republican in his political opinions, but carefully abstained from seeking or holding office.
On the 27th of February, 1855, Edward J. Morgan was united in marriage with Julia S., daughter of Timothy Taft,
of Crown Point, who, with three children, Earl E., Lee J., and Hervey S. Morgan, is still residing in Burlington.
History of Chittenden County, Vermont
Edited by: W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, New York. 1886
Chittenden County, VT
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