University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

George Washington Morgan Papers, 1820-1893



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Morgan, G. W. (George Washington), 1820-1893
Title: George Washington Morgan papers
Dates: 1820-1932
Abstract: Composed of a typewritten manuscript, the George Washington Morgan Papers, 1820-1932, document the life of American lawyer, scholar, diplomat, and politician George Washington Morgan.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02966
Extent: 1 volume
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to a prominent family in Pennsylvania, George Washington Morgan (1820-1893) fought in the Texas Revolution, Mexican War, Civil War, and served as a Congressman, lawyer, and diplomat. In 1836, Morgan joined a military company commanded by his brother and traveled to Texas to fight in the Texas Revolution. Upon arriving in Texas, Morgan received a commission as a lieutenant in the Texas army and given command at Galveston. After the revolution, Morgan attended the United States Military Academy, but dropped out; he then studied law and was admitted to the bar in Ohio, where he practiced law until the Mexican War broke out. Morgan served as colonel and brigadier general of the 15th United States Infantry.

Morgan returned to Ohio after the war where he resumed his practice and married Sarah Hall, with whom he had two children. Morgan served as U. S. consul at Marseilles and minister to Lisbon before the Civil War. During the war, Morgan returned to the army as a brigadier general. In 1863, Morgan resigned due to illness and opposition the use of black troops. A pro-slavery Unionist, Morgan ran for Governor of Ohio in 1865 but was defeated. However, the following year he was elected to Congress, a seat he held until 1873.

Source:

Flachmeier, Jeanette H. "Morgan, George Washington."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 19, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Composed of a typewritten manuscript, the George Washington Morgan Papers, 1820-1932, document the life of American lawyer, scholar, diplomat, and politician George Washington Morgan. Written by Morgan, the manuscript describes his life experiences, particularly during war, and opinions on issues of the day, such as slavery. The manuscript also contains biographical information about Morgan as well as correspondence between academics regarding his life.


Restrictions

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This collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Morgan, G. W. (George Washington), 1820-1893
Corporate Names
United States. Army
United States. Congress
Subjects
American Civil War (United States : 1861-1865)
Diplomats
Lawyers
Legislators
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Politicians
Revolution (Texas : 1835-1836)
Places
Ohio
Texas
United States
Document Types
Biography (general genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Washington Morgan Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2R122 [SRH1230011162] George Washington Morgan Papers, 1820-1893