| Charles Fessenden Morse, Kansas City Stockyards (1829-1936)
Charles Fessenden Morse (1839-1926) was born in Boston and spent his childhood in Jamaica Plan, MA. He was admitted to Harvard University at age 15 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1858. Morse served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. Following the war, he became an influential businessman and civic leader in Kansas City, MO and participated in the early days of the stockyards, packinghouses, and railroads. Together with Charles Francis Adams, a Boston financier, he build Kansas City's primary industry into the second businest in the nation. He is buried in Falmouth, MA after spending most of his life in the Kansas City area.
Morse was portrayed in the award-winning motion picture, "Glory". Released in December 1989, the film received a number of awards, including an Oscar to Denzel Washington for Best Supporting Actor.
C.F. Morse was an 8th generation descendant of Samuel Morse: Charles F8, Robert7, Ebenezer6,5, Joshua4, Samuel3, Joseph2, Samuel1. Members can access detailed information by logging into the member portal and searching for Charles Fessenden Morse in our online library.
Charles Hosmer Morse, Fairbanks-Morse Company (1833-1921)
The life of Charles Hosmer Morse was a Horatio Alger-style, rags-to-riches story of American success. He began his career in his native state of Vermont in 1850 as a $50-a-year apprentice for a manufacturer of the weighing scales that were so essential to commerce. Morse went on to found Fairbanks, Morse & Company - a global leader in scales, engine technology, and manufacturing - in 1869.
Under Charles Hosmer Morse's leadership, the Fairbanks-Morse firm grew and diversified almost without an equal throughout the Industrial Age of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. Starting with a line of weighing scales of all sizes and uses, the firm rapidly expanded into the manufacture of windmill pumps, typewriters, hand trucks, tractors, and a variety of warehouse and bulk shipping tools. The company became an industrial supplier distributing complete turn-key systems: tools, plumbing, gauges, gaskets, parts, valves, and pipe. Its 1910 catalog was over 800 pages in length.
Charles Hosmer Morse was an 8th generation descendant of Samuel Morse: Charles H8, John7, 6, Thomas5, Stephen4, Anthony 3, 2, 1. Members can access detailed information by logging into the member portal and searching for Charles Hosmer Morse in our online library.
Captain Francis Morse, 17th Century Original Settler (ca.1657-1715/16)
Francis Morse was born into comfortable circumstances, about 1657, in the city of Norwich, county of Norfolk, England. He was the fourth of seven children, and the second son, of Thomas Morse (b. 1616; d. 1666), a well‐to‐do Norwich merchant, and his wife Mary, the daughter of the mayor of Norwich, Robert Francis Barron. The family was of the Uggeshall line of English Morses, so named because the earliest known member of the line has been traced to the 15th‐century hamlet of Uggeshall, in the parish of the same name, in the county of Suffolk, England.
It was probably in the mid‐to‐late 1670s, when Francis was in his late teens, that he left Norwich and immigrated to the Colony of Virginia. A Virginia colonist named Owen Sullivan, of Princess Anne County, paid for Francis’ passage from England. We know this because on 7 November 1700 the colonial government granted Sullivan a patent on 254 acres of land in return for his having paid the transportation costs of four men and one woman to the Colony. The name Francis Morse and those of the other four appear on the patent (Library of Virginia, Patent No. 9, 1697‐1706, Reel 9, pp. 271‐272). Members can access detailed information by logging into the member portal and searching for Captain Francis Morse in our online library.
Freeman Harlow Morse, State Representative and Congressman (1807-1891)
Freeman Harlow Morse (1807 - 1891), was a State Representative, Congressman and Consul General. He was a seventh generation descendant of Anthony Morse. His ancestry is as follows: Anthony Morse1, Joseph Morss2, Joseph Morse3, Jonathan Morse4, Stephen Morse5, Deacon William Morse6, Freeman Harlow Morse7.
Born in Bath, Maine, Morse engaged in business as a carver of figureheads for ships before becoming a member of the State house of representatives (1840-1844). He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845) and was mayor of Bath, Maine, in 1849, 1850, and again in 1855. He again served in the State house of Representatives in 1853 and 1856, was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Thirty-sixth Congress). Morse was a delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861, in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war. He was appointed by President Lincoln as United States consul at London March 22, 1861, and consul general April 16, 1869, and served until July 1870. He resided in England after his retirement from office; died in Surbiton, Surrey, England, February 5, 1891; interment in the parish churchyard of St. Mary’s, Long Ditton, Surrey County, England.
Samuel F. B. Morse, Inventor & Artist (1791-1872)
Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791 - 1872), American portrait artist and inventor of the telegraph, was a seventh generation descendant of Anthony Morse. His ancestry is as follows: Anthony1, Anthony2, Peter3, John4, Jedediah5, Jedediah6, Samuel F. B.7.
Samuel married twice.His first wife was Lucretia Pickering Walker (1799 - 1825). They had three children:
Susan Walker Morse (1819 - 1885)
Charles Walker Morse (1823 - 1887)
James Edwards Finley Morse (1825 - 1914)
Samuel's second wife was Sarah Elizabeth Griswold (1822 - 1901). They had four children:
Samuel Arthur Breese Morse (1849 - 1876)
Cornelia (Leila) Livingston Morse (1851 - 1937)
William Goodrich Morse (1853 - 1933)
Edward Lind Morse (1857 - 1923)
True Delbert Morse, US agriculture policy leader (1896 - 1998)
True Delbert Morse, former Agriculture Department Under Secretary and an architect of agricultural support policy, was a fourth generation descendant of David Morse (who emigrated from Wales to New York in 1798). His ancestry is David1, John2, Delbert3, True4.
Mr. Morse was born into a farm family near Carthage, Mo., in 1896. He started a 400-acre dairy farm to support himself at the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri, where he graduated in 1924. Upon graduation, he joined Doane Agricultural Service in St. Louis, which provided farm appraisals, agricultural research and also had an editorial service that produced feature articles for farm publications. Mr. Morse became president of Doane in 1943, editor of The Doane Agricultural Digest and later the company's chairman.
During Mr. Morse's tenure at Doane, he also performed a study for an Arizona governor's committee that resulted in the allocation of Colorado River water to Arizona and led to the Central Arizona Project, a $3 billion venture that was intended to bring Colorado River water to Phoenix, Tucson and Arizona cotton farmers.
Originally a Democrat, Mr. Morse switched his party affiliation and became head of the National Republican Farm Committee for Dewey in 1948 and, in 1952, contributed to the Republican platform's farm plank. At that time, he became acquainted with Ezra Taft Benson, the Eisenhower choice for Agriculture Secretary, who picked Mr. Morse as his Under Secretary.
In 1953, he was confirmed as Under Secretary as well as head of the Commodity Credit Corporation, which provides loans to support farm prices. In that capacity, he was the chief United States delegate in negotiating international commodity treaties for wheat and sugar. He opposed government regulation of agricultural properties in the years after World War II, and warned about the dangers of inflation and speculation in farmland from the abnormal agricultural profits of that era.
(Posting excerpts from obituary written by Lesue Wayne)