John
Morgan


 

JOHN MORGAN came to Camden from Philadelphia in 1841. A silver plater, he had established an extensive business in that line. In 1858 he purchased the Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall at North 4th and Market Streets and renamed it Morgan's Hall

John Morgan was appointed Mayor by City Council upon the death of John H. Jones on October 27, 1876. He served until March of the following year, when he was defeated for re-election by James W. Ayers

After leaving office, John Morgan, a widower, married his housekeeper, Caroline Bittner, a woman some 40 years his junior. When the Census was taken in 1880 John Morgan, wife Carrie, five month old son John Jr., and Carrie's sister were living at 330 Cooper Street.

John Morgan died at his home, 330 Cooper Street on December 5, 1881. Caroline Morgan died in 1885 at the young age of 26. Morgan's Hall remained in use in Camden well into the 1950s.

John Morgan's nephew, George H. Morgan, served as a member of the Camden Fire Department in 1872.


The History of Camden County New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell - 1886


The History of Camden County New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell - 1886

Silver Platers- The carriage factories gave employment to many silver-platers, some working for the manufacturers and others carrying on busi ness for themselves, and giving employment to others. Gordon states that there was a gold and silver-plater here in 1835, but the first establishment of which there is authentic record was that of Gibson & Morgan Henry Gibson and John Morgan the latter mayor in 1876-77. Their works, started in 1841, were over the wagon-sheds built by Jacob Ridgway, in 1832, at Second and Arch. Gibson left the firm, and in 1845 Morgan removed the factory to a stable, fitted up for the purpose, on the rear end of a lot on Fourth Street, above Market, afterwards erecting a large brick building on the line of Fourth Street, since converted into dwellings. 

Among his workmen were his brother, George Morgan, now in the business at 52 North Second ; Edward Fitzer, now in the same trade in Philadelphia; George Welden, Charles Newmayer and others. The work was for volantes, used in Cuba, and the trade was exclusively with that island. As the correspondence was in Spanish, Newmayer, who from journeyman became manager and then partner, learned the language, to avoid the need of an interpreter. The firm employed as many as thirty at one time, and the employees testify that there was never a murmur about wages, even the apprentices receiving full pay for overwork, and the payments were not only prompt, but made in the best currency. The Rebellion (The Civil War -PMC) put a stop to the trade, and the firm, dividing a competency, dissolved. 

Edward Fitzer and George Morgan joined in business in the "fifties," with their establishment on Market Street, the site of Heibst's Hotel, but in a few years separated.


West Jersey Press - January 2, 1867
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John Morgan - Morgan Hall - Odd Fellows - Sons of Malta

Camden Post * December 6, 1881
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John H. Jones - John Morgan - Morgan Hall - James W. Ayers


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 7, 1881

John H. Jones
John Morgan
James W. Ayers

 


Camden Post * December 9, 1881
John Morgan - Rev. Dr. V.D. Reed - First Presbyterian Church - Fithian S. Simmons - William L. Shoff
Jonathan Burr - Joseph J. Read - George Carpenter - Dr. H. Genet Taylor

Camden Post * March 4, 1882
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Isaac Shreeve - John Morgan - Frank J. Burr - Morgan Hall -  Jonathan Burr - Hamilton Markley
Richard S. Jenkins - Peter L. Voorhees

Camden Post * November 18, 1882
John Morgan - Caroline Morgan - Sallie Horner - Michael Hurley - John H. Fort - C.P. Stratton

Camden Post
April 18, 1884

John Morgan
Caroline Morgan
Jonathan Burr
David B. Brown

 


Camden Post
September 11, 1885

John Morgan
Caroline Morgan
Frederick Bittner

 


Camden Post
September 15, 1885

John Morgan
Caroline Morgan
St. Peter' and St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church

 


Camden Post
October 10, 1885

John Morgan
Jonathan Burr
Samuel Jones
Michael Hurley
Gottlieb Mick
Peter L. Voorhees
John Morgan Jr.
Caroline Morgan

 

 

 


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