Rev. Grosvenor Clarke Morse

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Rev. Grosvenor Clarke Morse

Birthplace: Acworth, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
Death: June 19, 1872 (45)
Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, United States (fell while digging a well)
Place of Burial: Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Loring Morse and Mary Morse
Husband of Abigail Prentiss Morse

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About Rev. Grosvenor Clarke Morse


Morse graduated in 1850 from Kimball Union Academy in Meredith, NH, and then studied at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, graduating in 1854. Morse graduated from the Andover Theological Seminary in Newton Centre, MA, in 1857 and was subsequently ordained a minister in the Congregational Church. He joined three other recent graduates to form the "Andover Band," later called the "Kansas Band," and under the auspices of the American Home Missionary society, traveled west "to save Kansas from the sin and curse of slavery." [Sylvester Dava Storrs, Roswell Davenport Parker, and Richard Cordley] He married Abigail Prentiss Barber on 08 Sep 1857 prior to coming to Kansas. They traveled to Kansas by train, riverboat, and wagon. Their first cabin was only 12'x14', yet he found room for his library of 450 books. He believed that "Knowledge was Power," and that everyone, rich or poor, deserved the opportunity to receive education. Not only that, he beleived that everyone had a responsibility to contribute to society in whatever way they could. He thought that poverty and servitude might be eliminated through education. "All may not be rich, yet all may be intelligent." Universal public education was an important means for preventing the establishment of slavery in Kansas. He had the idea that educated citizens would support democratic institutions and would oppose slavery. An educated workforce would enable the develop-ment of a dynamic free labor economy. In order to create an educated citizenry, it was necessary to transplant the New England common school to Kansas. He helped to establish the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, KS.

Some info from "Knowledge is Power:" The Reverend Grosvenor Clarke Morse's Thoughts on Free Schools and the Republic During the Civil War edited by Scott N. Morse -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Emporia News, Friday, July 15, 1870; page 3, column 2


Death of Rev. G.C. Morse

It is our painful duty, this week, to announce the sudden death of Rev. G. C. Morse, by an accident which occurred on his farm, about two miles southwest of Emporia, on Wednesday last.

In company of some workmen, he was engaged in digging a well on his place. The well had reached a depth of forty feet, and a strain of hard rock was being taken out by means of blasting. A blast of three pounds of powder had been made. A few minutes after this Mr. Morse proposed to go into the well. Tying a loop in the end of the rope, he inserted one foot, and catching the rope with his hands above, he was lowered into the well. When he reached the depth of some fifteen feet, he began to feel the poisonous effects of the atmosphere, and called to the man at the windless – a German – to pull him up. The German did not understand him, and within a very brief time Mr. Morse fell to the bottom, a distance of twenty-five feet. It was two hours before he could be taken out, because no one could be found who would venture into the well. When taken out of it was fifteen minutes before any signs of life were noticeable. He finally began to breathe, and medical aid was summoned. Drs. Trustworthy, Hibben and Lawrence did all in their power to save him, but it was at once evident to them that he was beyond the reach of medical aid. It appeared he had fallen on the left side of his head, which seemed to be very bruised, but, singular to say, no fracture appeared. Supposing the brain to be injured, the Doctors trephined the other side, which afforded some relief. The thigh was found broken, and there appeared many bruises on different parts of the body. He died in the evening about 7 o’clock.

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Rev. Grosvenor Clarke Morse's Timeline

April 29, 1827
Acworth, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
June 19, 1872
Age 45
Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, United States
Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, United States