Edwin Denison Morgan (1811 – 1883)

Edwin Denison Morgan

Edwin Denison Morgan was born in Washington, Massachusetts and moved with his family to Windsor County, Connecticut in 1822.  He began his career as a grocer in Hartford but eventually became involved in politics.  He was a member of the Hartford City Council in 1832 and in 1836 moved to New York City.  He served as alderman of New York City in 1849 and was a member of the State senate from 1850 until 1855.  He was elected Governor of New York and served in that capacity from 1859 until 1862.  He also served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1856 until 1864 and again from 1872 until 1876.  

Morgan was a cousin of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley who served as Governor of Connecticut from 1889 until 1893. Edwin Denison Morgan died of Bright’s Disease in New York in 1883.   

Reference:
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed at 
http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M000949 in July 2010.
Harrold, Thomas.  “Governor Edwin Denison Morgan and the Recruitment of the Union Army in New York State.” Accessed at 
http://www.albany.edu/nystatehistory/44/gov_recruit.html in July 2010.

Photo Credit: Edwin D. Morgan, U.S. National Archives, #527277.