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Dayton Samuel Morgan

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Dayton Samuel Morgan

Birth
Ogden, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death
9 Apr 1890 (aged 72)
Brockport, Monroe County, New York, USA
Burial
Brockport, Monroe County, New York, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section D
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Industrialist, railroad investor, developer and land speculator in Buffalo and Chicago. Dayton was a relatively poor, but ambitious, farm-boy born just east of Brockport. His mother died before his third birthday. He was raised by his father and step mother, Samuel and Amy Morgan in present day Ogden, NY. Samuel and Amy removed to Lorrain, Ohio in about 1840, Dayton remained in Brockport. He studied at the Brockport Collegiate Institute becoming a teacher, gave that up to collect tolls on the Canal for a time, before pursuing a career in business, forming several partnerships with local businessmen in the 1840's. Dayton's company, the Globe Iron Works, produced Cyrus McCormick's first mechanical reapers, beginning about 1846. Dayton went on to produce his own line of farming implements, which were the foundations of his fortune. He eventually purchased large tracts of land in both Buffalo, NY and Chicago, including a 500 acre parcel now West Pullman, Il. While much is made of Dayton's manufacturing company, the major source of his wealth was from real estate. In 1864, Dayton married the much younger Susan Jocelyn. Dayton was Brockport's wealthiest citizen, and founder of its most distinguished family.
Industrialist, railroad investor, developer and land speculator in Buffalo and Chicago. Dayton was a relatively poor, but ambitious, farm-boy born just east of Brockport. His mother died before his third birthday. He was raised by his father and step mother, Samuel and Amy Morgan in present day Ogden, NY. Samuel and Amy removed to Lorrain, Ohio in about 1840, Dayton remained in Brockport. He studied at the Brockport Collegiate Institute becoming a teacher, gave that up to collect tolls on the Canal for a time, before pursuing a career in business, forming several partnerships with local businessmen in the 1840's. Dayton's company, the Globe Iron Works, produced Cyrus McCormick's first mechanical reapers, beginning about 1846. Dayton went on to produce his own line of farming implements, which were the foundations of his fortune. He eventually purchased large tracts of land in both Buffalo, NY and Chicago, including a 500 acre parcel now West Pullman, Il. While much is made of Dayton's manufacturing company, the major source of his wealth was from real estate. In 1864, Dayton married the much younger Susan Jocelyn. Dayton was Brockport's wealthiest citizen, and founder of its most distinguished family.

Gravesite Details

Numerous sources place Dayton's birth in 1819, not the 1817 inscribed on his stone. It is difficult to believe that Dayton's wealthy and influential family would have tolerated a mistake on "Papa's" stone.



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