WILLIAM ALBERT [Abner?] MORGAN
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William Albert Morgan (born Bandon, County Cork, Ireland, March 6, 1841; died Hutchinson, Kansas, March 24, 1917) was an Irish-American newspaper publisher, politician and prominent citizen of the state of Kansas.
Morgan's father James Morgan was an Irish wool comber, farmer and stock raiser. He came to America in 1847 with his four sons after the death of his wife Katherine [Conn] in 1845, settling in Cincinnati. William Morgan was educated in the public schools and at thirteen entered a printing office to learn that trade. During the Civil War he served in the 23rd Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, rising to be a first lieutenant after 3 years service.
LIFE IN KANSAS
Morgan returned to the printing business and remained in Cincinnati until 1871, when he moved to Cottonwood Falls, Kansas and started the Chase County Leader newspaper, continuing it until his retirement in 1903. He was a Republican and in 1879 he represented Chase County in the state legislature. From 1893-5 he was a state senator, active in promoting prohibition. In 1891 he was part of a government commission which negotiated a treaty with the Paiute residents of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation in Nevada; the treaty was never ratified by Congress.
Morgan was involved with the Grand Army of the Republic, serving as commander of the Department of Kansas 1908-9. He was a long-time member and director of the Kansas Historical Society.
Morgan married Wilhelmina Yoast (1843-1910) in 1864 [March 21, Cincinnati, OH]. She was active in many social and political organizations, working for woman suffrage and prohibition, and was elected mayor of Cottonwood Falls in 1885 on a prohibition platform. They had two children, Anna Morgan Coe (1871-1953) and William Yoast Morgan (1866-1932), lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1915-1919.
1. Kansas: A Cyclopedia..., 1912, entry for William A. Morgan (http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/1912/m3/morgan_william_albert.html)
2. Twenty-First Biennial Report of the Board of Directors... (1917-1919), Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas: Imri Zumwalt, 1919, p. 18-19.
The Emporia Gazette, 26 March 1917, Monday, Page 5, Column 5
COL. W. A. MORGAN DEAD
Hutchinson, Kan., March 26--Col. William A. Morgan, veteran Kansas pioneer and editor, former department commander of the G.A.R., and the father of Lieut. Gov. W. Y. Morgan, was stricken with apoplexy, Saturday afternoon and died Saturday evening. Colonel Morgan had spent much of the afternoon with fellow veterans of the Civil War at Joe Hooker Post Hall and had left there to go to his son's home, when he fell unconscious to the sidewalk in front of a local drug store. An examination disclosed that he had suffered a stroke of apoplexy. He was stricken at 4:30 o'clock in the afternoon, and two hours later he died.
Governor Morgan was not in Hutchinson at the time of his father's death. Governor Morgan is a director of the Associated Press and was on his way to New York to attend a director's meeting. He was caught by wire and immediately started for Hutchinson.
Colonel Morgan was a native of Ireland, having been born March 6, 1841, at Bandon, in County Cork. He came with his parents to this country when he was 6 years old, the family locating at Cincinnati, Ohio. There he received his schooling and learned the printer's trade. He served three years and three months in the Civil War, enlisting as a private in Company D, Twenty-third Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and being mustered out as a first lieutenant. During his more than three years' service, he lost but thirty days, having been wounded in the Battle of Stone River, but he was never in a hospital. After the war he worked at the printing business until 1871, when he came to Cottonwood Falls, Kan., and on March 4, 1871, he issued the Chase County Leader, which he published without losing an issue until March 1, 1903, when he retired.
As a Republican Mr. Morgan had represented Chase County in the legislature at various times and was senator from Chase, Marion and Morris Counties in the sessions of 1893-1895, in which body he was chairman of the committee on temperance. In his earlier legislative service he was a member of a committee that framed the first measure ever introduced looking to the regulation of freight rates and fares. He also was active in the adoption of the prohibition law. In 1908-1909, he was department commander of the Department of Kansas, G.A.R., and in this capacity led the campaign for the erection of the Memorial building in Topeka. He was commander of the Loyal Legion, Commandery of Kansas, in 1905. He was a life member of the Kansas State Historical Society, a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Mason.
On March 21, 1864, Mr. Morgan married Miss Welhelmina D. Yost. She died at Cottonwood Falls December 16, 1910. Mrs. Morgan was as active as her husband in public affairs. She was a member of the D.A.R. and had served as department president of the Kansas Woman's Press Club, president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association and the Kansas Woman's Republican Association. She was also for many years an active member of the W. C. T. U., and in 1885 was elected mayor of Cottonwood Falls, where, with a body of councilwomen, she did effective work for prohibition. She served one term as chairman of the executive committee of the Mother Bickerdyke Home at Ellsworth.
Besides the present lieutenant governor, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan were the parents of one other child, Mrs. Anna K. Coe, of Cottonwood Falls.
The Emporia Gazette, 27 March 1917, Tuesday, Page 1, Column 5
FUNERAL OF W. A. MORGAN
Cottonwood Falls, Kan., March 27--The funeral of Col. W. A. Morgan, whose death occurred at the home of his son, Lieut. Gov. W. Y. Morgan, of Hutchinson, while on a visit there, Saturday, was held at the family home in this town at 2:00 yesterday afternoon. The sermon was preached by Rev. S. R. Braden, pastor of the Cottonwood Falls Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Morgan was a member and had for many years been an elder. The services were brief and were conspicuous for their simplicity, in accordance with Mr. Morgan's wish. Although a member of the local G.A.R. and of Zeredatha Lodge No. 81, yet neither order took part in the services because Mr. Morgan wished no ostentation at his funeral.
The funeral was largely attended by friends and acquaintances from many parts of the state, and the floral offerings which had continued to come in since yesterday morning were in such profusion as almost to make it impossible to give them room.
Following the service at the Morgan home, interment was made in Prairie Grove Cemetery beside the grave of Mrs. Morgan, whose death occurred December 16, 1909 (sic, 1910).
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