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MORGAN, Edwin Wright, soldier, born in Pennsylvania in 1814; died in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 16 April, 1869. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1837 and assigned to the 2d artillery, serving in the Florida war of 1837-'8, and superintending the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia to the west. He became 1st lieutenant on 7 July, 1838, and was engaged on the northern frontier in Buffalo, New York, in 1838-'9 during the Canada border disturbances. He resigned on 31 May, 1839, and was employed as principal assistant state engineer of Pennsylvania in the prosecution of extended public works until the close of 1846. On 9 April, 1847, he was reappointed in the United States army as major of the 11th infantry, and he served in the Mexican war in 1847-'8, being made lieutenant-colonel of the 13th infantry, 13 September, 1847. He was mustered out on 31 July, 1848, and was superintendent of Western military institute, Blue Licks, Kentucky, from 1849 till 1851, chief engineer of Shelby railroad, Kentucky, in 1852-'4, vice-president of Shelby college, Kentucky, in 1853-'4, joint superintendent with Thornton Johnson of Kentucky military institute at Harrodsburg in 1854-'6, and in entire charge of it from 1856 till 1861. From 1866 till his death he was professor of mathematics in Lehigh university.
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