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BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM J. MORGAN

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 182:

WILLIAM J. MORGAN. In his native City of Youngstown, Mahoning County, which is one of the specially important industrial centers of Ohio, Mr. Morgan is successfully established in the gasoline and oil business, as pertaining specially to the automobile line, and his well equipped headquarters at 325 West Wood Street are know for efficiency and service. Mr. Morgan was born at Youngstown in the year 1886, and is a son of the late Benjamin G. and Mary Catherine (Morgan) Morgan, the former of whom was born in Wales and the latter in Mahoning County, Ohio, where their marriage was solemnized. Benjamin G. Morgan was a skilled artisan at the carpenter's trade, and became a successful contractor and builder in the City of Youngstown, his death having here occurred in 1906 and his widow having passed away in 1918. In the public schools of Youngstown, William J. Morgan continued his studies until he was sixteen years of age, and thereafter he served a thorough apprenticeship to the trade of machinist, in which he became a skilled workman. After following his trade five years he purchased a local machine shop, and two years later he became associated with H. B. Smith in here conducting a general automobile repair business, this alliance having continued three years, and Mr. Morgan having thereafter developed in an individual way a substantial business not only in this line but also in the handling of automobile tires. His enterprise finally became changed to the handling of gasoline and oil. Mr. Morgan was one of Youngstown's native sons who represented Ohio as a gallant young soldier in overseas service in the World war. He entered service in July, 1918, and was assigned to field artillery. In October of that year he arrived with his command in France, but as the armistice was signed in the following month he had no opportunity for prolonged service on the battle front. He remained abroad until April, 1919, when he returned to his native land and duly received his honorable discharge. Mr. Morgan is independent in politics, is a member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Youngstown, has received the thirty-second degree of the Masonic Scottish Rite, and is a Shriner of Al Koran Temple at Cleveland, Ohio. He is affiliated also with Youngstown Lodge No. 55, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.