The Georgia Historical Quarterly Volume XCIV Fall of 2010 published by the Georgia Historical Society announced acquisition of the Morgan Family Papers 1911-2008.
Born in 1863, Samuel Hill Morgan Sr. was the son of Flora Abigail Smith and Samuel H. Morgan. He married Hermina Wilhelmina Meyers and they were longtime residents of Guyton. They had eight children. Samuel Hill Morgan Sr. served as mayor of Guyton, on the Board of Regents for the University of Georgia, on the Effingham County Board of Education, on the Effingham County Board of Commissioners, and as a senator from the 1st District in the Georgia General Assembly.
In 1904, he founded the Savannah Buggy Company, which was later known as Morgan’s Inc. This was a leading dealer in industrial and farming supplies. He was indeed a distinguished and accomplished citizen of Effingham County. Three of his sons took over the company after his death: G. Philip Morgan, W. Jason Morgan and Samuel Hill Morgan Jr.
G. Philip Morgan (1892-1953), served as chairman of the board of Morgan’s Inc., was chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Georgia
Forestry Commission and was generally referred to as the “father of Georgia’s forestry program.” G.P. Morgan also served as vice chairman of the Coastal Highway Commission and as an Admiral on Georgia Gov. Herman E. Talmadge’s staff.
Edward Morgan, son of G. Philip Morgan, was in the first graduating class at Armstrong Junior College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University) in Savannah. Edward developed a rotary wheel assembly for the U. S. government and has a patent on a rotary diesel engine. He served as vice president and later on was president of Morgan’s Inc.
The papers donated to the Georgia Historical Society include: Morgan family papers and correspondence, clippings, drawings, genealogy materials, Savannah Buggy Company records, photographs, topical files and publications. These new acquisitions were a gift of Edward Morgan.
This was written by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society with information from the Georgia Historical Quarterly Vol. 3, 2010. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Susan Exley at 754-6681 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.