Charles Hosmer Morse

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Charles Hosmer Morse
Born September 23, 1833
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Died May 5, 1921
Orange County, Florida
Nationality American
Occupation Businessman, developer
Known for Co-founded the city of Winter Park, Florida; founder and first trustee of Rollins College; founder of Fairbanks-Morse Corporation

Charles Hosmer Morse (September 23, 1833–May 5, 1921) was founder of Fairbanks-Morse corporation, co-founder of the city of Winter Park, Florida and one of the founders and first trustees of Rollins College.[1]

Morse was born at St. Johnsbury, Vermont.[2] He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1850. Shortly after graduation he joined his uncle, Zelotus Hosmer, in the Boston office of E. & T. Fairbanks, marketing platform scales. He was promoted to the New York office, and then to Chicago. He established the firm of Fairbanks, Morse & Company in 1866. In the 1880s, he became one of the earliest residents of Winter Park, Florida, and retired there permanently in 1915.

Morse was a prominent developer in Chicago, for whom Morse Avenue in far-north Rogers Park takes its name.

The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust[3] was created in the memory of his daughter.

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