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 Thomas John Morgan

Thomas John Morgan

Birth
England
Death 10 Dec 1912 (aged 66)
Williams, Coconino County, Arizona, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 5132641 · View Source
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Thomas Morgan came to the United States in 1868 with $10 dollars in his pocket. Leaving his wife Elizabeth Morgan (Chambers) in Birmingham, England.
After settling in Chicago, Illinois he began to work as a machinist. That same year he had saved enough money to send for his wife Elizabeth.
They had 2 children Thomas Samuel and Hannah Marie. Both were born in Adrain, Michigan. They also had twin daughters but unfortunately they didn't survive.
Mr. Morgan worked very hard. He became a very famous socialist, and union supporter. He was president of the local Machinists Union in Chicago. He was also a prime mover in the creation of the Chicago Trade and Labor Assembly. In the 1870's Mr. T.J. Morgan guided a special committee of the Illinois Gerneral Assembly on a tour of Chicago factories that resulted in the creation of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics. As early as 1875 Mr. T.J. Morgan was a political radical. He ran for several offices in the city of Chicago unfortunately he was never elected. In 1879 Mr. T.J. Morgan drafted city ordinances patterned after the English factory act that were adopted by the Chicago Board of Alderman.
He became a well respected lawyer and was in Who's Who in America Volumne I; History of the Illinois State Federation of Labor; 1930; and was editor and publisher of "The Provoker" from 1909 thru 1912. Mr. Thomas John Morgan is also in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society "66 (Spring 1973): 41-61. The article is called Thomas J. Morgan and the United Labor Party of Chicago written by Ralph William Scharnal.
In 1912 Mr. Morgan and his son-in-law Thomas Allen Courser decided they would come out west and see what it was like. They found what they wanted in San Diego, California. They were going to have a ranch.
After settling all their business and deciding they couldn't trust anyone to move their household belongings and stock; they did it themselves. This required 3 traincar loads. On the way out to San Diego, California there was a terrible train accident, killing them both. This happened in Williams, Arizona. The date was December 10, 1912, it took them 3 days to identify their bodies.
Mr. Thomas Morgan was survived by his wife: Elizabeth Morgan (Chambers). Who would remain a widow until her death in 1944.
2 children: Thomas Samuel Morgan of Chicago, Illinois, and Hannah Marie Courser (Morgan) of San Diego, California.
Who knows what this man would have done for labor and unions had he survived. Would he have been happy being a rancher? Or would he have become bored and gone back to his old love: helping workers get their rights?


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  • Created by: Janet Oyler
  • Added: 2 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5132641
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas John Morgan (26 Oct 1846–10 Dec 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5132641, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Janet Oyler (contributor 46915327) .