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MORGAN, Edward Barber, philanthropist, born in Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, 2 May, 1806; died there, 13 October, 1881. He received a public-school education and early engaged in mercanthe pursuits, from which he ultimately retired with a large fortune. He was a, n original share-holder in the "New York Times," and a founder of the Wells and Fargo and United States express companies, of which corporations he was for many years an officer. It e was elected and twice re-elected to congress as a Republican, serving from 5 December, 1853, till 3 March, 1859. With William E. Dodge he erected, at a cost of $40,000, the Dodge-Morgan library building of the Auburn, New York, theological seminary, of which institution he was long a trustee. Subsequently Mr. Morgan gave to the seminary a dormitory building that is now called " Morgan Hall." He was a charter trustee of Wells college, Aurora, to which he not only devoted his personal supervision for a long period, but gave over a quarter of a million dollars, His wife built for the college the new "Morgan Hall." He was also a trustee of Cornell university, and sent Professor Charles F. Hartt, of that institution, on a scientific journey to Brazil. His donations to individuals and to other institutions besides those named above were very large. He helped many young men to acquire an education and establish themselves in business. On one occasion, when a gentleman of wealth complained that he found it difficult to employ his capital profitably, he replied: "Why not invest in some worthy charities? I have found them the best investments."--His brother, Christopher, lawyer, born in Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, 4 June, 1808; died in Auburn, New York, 3 April, 1877, was graduated at Yale in 1828, studied law with William H. Seward, and, after being admitted to the bar, became his partner at Auburn, New York He was elected and re-elected to congress as a Whig, serving from 2 December, 1839, till 3 March, 1843. He was secretary of state of New York from 1848 till 1852, and many years a trustee of the State lunatic asylum at Utica. He was at one time engaged in mercanthe pursuits in Aurora, New York
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