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George Washington MORGAN

(1820-1893)

MORGAN, George Washington, a Representative from Ohio; born in Washington, Pa., September 20, 1820; attended Washington (now Washington and Jefferson) College, Washington, Pa., until 1836; enlisted in a company commanded by his brother and assisted Texas in gaining her independence; attained the rank of captain; returned to the United States; was a cadet in the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1841-1843; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1843; served in the Mexican War; commissioned colonel of the Second Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, June 23, 1846, and colonel of the Fifteenth Regiment, United States Infantry, April 9, 1847; brevetted brigadier general August 20, 1847; appointed consul at Marseilles, France, in 1855; appointed Minister Resident at Lisbon, Portugal, in 1858; commissioned a brigadier general of Volunteers November 12, 1861, and had command of the Seventh Division of the Army of the Ohio; assigned to the Thirteenth Army Corps; resigned June 8, 1863, on account of ill health; unsuccessful candidate for election as governor of Ohio in 1865; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fortieth Congress and served from March 4, 1867, until June 3, 1868, when he was succeeded by Columbus Delano, who contested the election; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; died at Fortress Monroe, Va., July 26, 1893; interment in Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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