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About Christopher Morgan
Christopher Morgan (June 4, 1808 – April 3, 1877) was a U.S. Representative from New York, brother of Edwin Barber Morgan and nephew of Noyes Barber.
Born in Aurora, New York, Morgan pursued classical studies and was graduated from Yale College in 1830. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Aurora, New York.
Morgan was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress.
He moved to Auburn, New York, in 1843 and continued the practice of his profession. He was Secretary of State of New York from 1847–1851, and Superintendent of the New York public schools from 1848-1852. He served as mayor of Auburn in 1860 and 1862, and was a Trustee of the State lunatic asylum in Utica, New York.
He died in Auburn, New York, April 3, 1877, and was interred in Fort Hill Cemetery.
Christopher Morgan was born in Aurora, June 4th, 1808. He was fitted for college at the Academy at Aurora, and graduated at Yale College in 1828. He began his legal studies with Seneca Wood of Aurora, and finished them with Elijah Miller and Wm. H. Seward at Auburn. October 24th, 1832, he married Mary E., daughter of the late Dr. Joseph T. Pitney of Auburn. He practiced his profession several years in connection with the late Ebenezer W. Arms. He was elected a Representative in Congress by the Whigs in 1837, and reelected in 1839. At the expiration of his second term he removed to Auburn, and practiced law awhile in connection with Samuel Blatchford and Clarence A. Seward, who then resided there. From November 2d, 1S47, to November 4th, 185 1, he was Secretary of State of New York. During his Secretaryship, as Superintendent of Public Schools he recommended and initiated our popular system of free schools. About that time he became one of the Board of Trustees of the Asylum for the Insane at Utica, and held that position till near his death, which occurred in Auburn April 3d, 1877. He was mayor of Auburn in 1860. He leaves a widow, living in Auburn, and three married daughters, two, (Cornelia, wife of C. Eugene Barber, and Mary, wife of William C. Barber,) living in Auburn, and one, (Frances A.,) in Berlin, Germany.
source: History of Cayuga County, New York, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, by Elliot G. Storke, p 400