William Yoast Morgan


William Yoast Morgan

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 17 Feb 1932 (aged 65)
Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Burial Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Plot Hillcrest 24 MAUS1-A
Memorial ID 37832558 View Source

William Yoast Morgan
Born 6 Apr 1866, Cincinnati, Ohio, and died 17 Feb 1932, Hutchinson, Kan.
Lieutenant Governor 11 Jan 1915 - 13 Jan 1919
Republican from Hutchinson

A Journey Of A Jayhawker (1905...
by William Yoast Morgan, Albert T. Reid

A Jayhawker in Europe

Throughout his life William A. Morgan has been connected with the printing business and is familiar with every branch of the trade. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the Twenty-third Kentucky infantry, saw active service during all the years of the war and became first lieutenant of Company E. He is past department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and takes an active interest in the welfare of the old soldiers. In 1871 he came to Kansas and soon after bought the "Chase County Leader," which he has since published. For years he has taken an active part in politics and has served in both branches of the state legislature, where his strong personality and decided views upon public questions had an effect upon legislation.

Source: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, 1918

Hon. William Y. Morgan is one of the men who have attained sufficiency of public
distinction so that he might merely give his address as Kansas and every one
would know the who's who and who's what about him.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 6, 1866, a son of W. A. and Minnie
(Yoast) Morgan. His father served as an officer in the Twenty-third Kentucky
Regiment in the Union army, and in 1871 brought his family to Kansas. For forty
years he was editor of the Cottonwood Falls Leader and at the same time was
prominent in public affairs, was a member of the Legislature, the State Senate,
and was department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Morgan's
mother was department president of the Woman's Relief Corps and was an active
newspaper woman and prominent in the public life of women in Kansas.

William Y. Morgan was educated in the University of Kansas, graduating with the
degree A. B. in the class of 1885. He has always been deeply interested in the
state university, served four years as regent, and is a loyal member of the
college fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

Practical experience in journalism, which has been his chief business interest
all his active career, he first gained as a reporter for the Lawrence Journal
during 1886-88. In 1888 Mr. Morgan bought the Strong City Republican, but sold
it in 1892 and then became proprietor of the Emporia Gazette, which he in 1895
sold to William Allen White. On selling the Gazstte Mr. Morgan bought the
Hutchinson News, and has been its owner and editor ever since. Thus his real
residence, so far as the exact city is concerned, is and has been for years
Hutchinson. In 1914 Mr. Morgan was elected a director of the Associated Press.
He is one of the principal stockholders and a director of the State Exchange
Bank, and has been identified with various Hntchinson enterprises. He has been
president of the Hutchinson Y. M. C. A. since its organization in 1909, and has
done all he could to forward the work of that organization over the State.

The republican party in Kansas has long felt a special pride in being able to
name William Y. Morgan as one of its most influential leaders. He has often
served as chairman of county organizations, and in 1916 was a delegate to the
Republican National Convention and during the following campaign was director of
publicity in the western department for the Republican National Committee. Mr.
Morgan is a thoroughly progressive republican.

In 1899 he was elected state printer of Kansas, an office he held four years,
until 1903. He served as a member of the legislature from 1904 to 1910, and in
1914 was elected to his present office as lieutenant governor of Kansas. In 1916
he was re-elected, and his present term expires in 1918.

Governor Morgan has served as division commander of the Sons of Veterans, is a
Thirty-second degree Scottish Rite and Knight Templar Mason, a member of the
Knights of Pythias, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Loyal
Legion. He is a Presbyterian, a member of the University Club of Kansas City,
the Press Club of Chicago and the National Press Club of Washington, D. C.

While his interests since early childhood have been so closely identified with
Kansas, Governor Morgan has exercised the opportunity for extensive travel. He
is the author of three travel books: "A Journey of a Jayhawker," "A Jayhawker in
Europe," and "The Near East."

Governor Morgan was married at Strong City, Kansas, in November, 1890, to Miss
Colie Adair, daughter of Witt Adair. They have one daughter, Claudia.

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