Thomas T. Morgan

From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897

Thomas T. Morgan, who served the fifteenth ward of Scranton as alderman for sixteen years, was born in Ton-y-Ravil, on the Taf River, Glamorganshire, Wales, in 1835. He is a son of Thomas, whose father William Morgan, was a lifelong resident of his native shire, where he died at eighty-six years. The former learned the shoemaker's trade in Wales, and in 1865 came to America, settling in Hyde Park, Scranton, where he died at the age of eighty-five. He chose as his wife Miss Janet Williams, a native of Ton-y-Ravil, Glamorganshire, and the daughter of Isaac Williams, who spent his life in farming pursuits and died at eighty-two years. Mrs. Jane Morgan died in Wales, having been the mother of three children, of whom Thomas T. is the only survivor and the only one who came to the United States.

Reared in Wales, the subject of this sketch learned the shoemaker's trade under the supervision of his father. In 1862 he went to Liverpool and took passage on the sailer "Harvest Queen," which cast anchor in New York City after a voyage of five weeks.

Follow this link for an image of the front page of the Harvest Queen's passenger list for the voyage that brought Thomas Morgan to America. The Harvest Queen arrived in New York on 10 Sept 1862. Thomas Morgan is listed on page 2 of the manifest as a 29-year-old collier.

He proceeded at once to Scranton and for six months worked at his trade, after which he was employed in the coal mines of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Company, and became a practical miner. In 1879 he was appointed alderman from the fifteenth ward to fill a vacancy in that office and was commissioned by Governor Hoyt. The following year he was elected on the Republican ticket to the same office and was commissioned by the same governor. In 1875(1885?) he was re-elected and commissioned by Governor Pattison. Five years later he was again elected and was commissioned by Governor Beaver. In May, 1895, after sixteen years of service, he retired from the office, but still continues as notary and conveyancer, in connection with the life insurance business. Since 1895 he has been a tax collector.

In Scranton Mr. Morgan married Miss Caroline Gore, daughter of Thomas Gore, both natives of Radnorshire, Wales. Her father, who was a son of Henry Gore, a farmer, came to this country in 1861 and later brought his family to Scranton, where he was employed as a miner until his death. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, with their two children, Mary and Morbydd, reside at No. 506 South Main Avenue. In former years our subject was connected with the Ivorites. He is in sympathy with Republican principals and has served on city and county committees. In the labor reform movement in this state he has taken an active part and has served on the state and other committees. In 1872 he was elected a delegate to the convention of the Labor Reform party, when David Davis, of Illinois, was nominated for president, and Joel Parker, of New Jersey, for vice-president.

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