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    Daniel Nash Morgan, Treasurer of the United States 1893-1897, Personal Archive 16 items
    Every once in a great while, an archive comes together which turns the dry, well known facts into a wonderful insight into a public figure's life, both private and public. Tonight we are pleased to offer one of those opportunities that rarely come along to have such a look into the life and times of Daniel Nash Morgan, Treasurer of the United States. Morgan was born in Newtown, CT on August 18, 1844, and, as a young man, took over the operation of his father's mercantile store. By 1869, at the tender age of twenty-five, Morgan moved to Bridgeport, CT, where he became a partner in a firm producing dry goods and carpets and also ran a grocery. By 1879, at the age of thirty-five, he became president of the City National Bank of Bridgeport. Also active in politics, Morgan served in a number of positions including city councilman, member of the Bridgeport Board of Education, and two time mayor of Bridgeport in the early 1880s.
    In 1893, he was named by President Grover Cleveland to serve as Treasurer of the United States, a post he served in for four years from June 1, 1893 to June 30, 1897. An unsuccessful run for Governor of Connecticut in 1898 served as the closing chapter of his public service career. He met an untimely end at the age of 86 on May 30, 1931, in Bridgeport, dying from injuries suffered twelve days earlier when he was struck by a car.
    This archive is a rather eclectic collection of memorabilia connected with Morgan's life and service. Included are:
    · An early ambrotype of Morgan which we estimate was taken some time between perhaps 1864 and 1869. This ambrotype is housed in a so-called "improved union case" that was patented by S. Peck & Co. of New Haven, CT on October 3, 1854. Both the case and image are in excellent condition.
    · Two letters on the City National Bank of Bridgeport, CT, the first dated February 28, 1893, in which Morgan applied for the position of Treasurer of the United States and the second dated May 26, 1893, in which Morgan tendered his resignation as president of the bank.
    · An elaborate white calfskin testimonial book presented to Mr. Morgan by the Directors of the City National Bank upon the occasion of his resignation and transition to service as Treasurer of the United States. The book indicates that Morgan was nominated for this position on April 11, 1893, confirmed by the United States Senate on April 15, 1893, and had tendered his resignation, thus dating the book sometime around late May, 1893. The board resolution contained in this presentation folder expressed the board's thanks for Morgan's faithful service. It is prepared entirely in superbly executed calligraphy, much of which is gold leafed. It is the kind of work that is truly a lost art. On the final page are signatures of the eight bank directors who presented this spectacular piece of 19th Century folk art to Mr. Morgan. The book is enclosed in a custom presentation box lined with purple silk and both the box and the book are emblazoned with the imprint of F.C. Smith of Bridgeport, the producer of both items, who labels himself as an "Art Engrosser." This makes an incredible display item.
    · A note to President Grover Cleveland, with a copy to Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson, congratulating the President on commemorating the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol in 1793 and transmitting serial number 100 of the first treasury notes issued with Morgan's signature on them as Treasurer (August 19, 1893) to President Cleveland.
    · A Treasury of the United States check for $1, made payable to himself, written by Morgan in February, 1895. The check, which is printed on watermarked paper and features a portrait of Samuel Dexter, is in very nice condition and was obviously put away almost immediately as a keepsake by Morgan.
    A final group of documents and notes relates to Morgan's request of Treasurer Walter O. Woods in April, 1929. Morgan had sent Woods $10 and requested ten of the new small size one dollar notes with the lowest serial numbers available. Woods obliged, writing on July 11, 1929 (the day after small size notes were introduced), that he was supplying ten notes with the lowest serial numbers available. Included in this group are the following:
    · Wood's July 11, 1929 transmittal letter.
    · The registered mail documentation related to the ten notes sent.
    · Seven of the ten notes, which were given courtesy autographs by Morgan and dispersed as follows:
    · Serial 4012 - kept as a souvenir by Morgan
    · Serial 4013 - given to Morgan's wife
    · Serials 4014, 4016, and 4020 - given to none other than Albert Grinnell
    · Serial 4015 - apparently kept by Morgan as a souvenir with the notation that these notes came from the second brick of 4,000 notes issued
    · Serial 4021 - given to David E. Bunswin (?) apparently a personal friend or former business associate from Shelton, CT
    · Serials 4017, 4018, and 4019 were apparently not distributed.
    These items are irreplaceable and worthy of inclusion into any serious collection of United States currency.


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