Alma Bennett Morgan

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Alma Bennett Morgan
Born (1877-06-24)June 24, 1877
Monongalia County, West Virginia
Died April 5, 1960(1960-04-05) (aged 82)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Nationality American
Known for First lady of West Virginia, 1921-1925

Alma Bennett Morgan (24 June 1877 – 4 April 1960) was the wife of former Governor of West Virginia Ephraim F. Morgan and served as West Virginia's First Lady from 1921-1925.[1]


Alma was born in 1877 to Albert and Isabelle Bennett in Monongalia County, West Virginia.[2] She taught school in Marion County, West Virginia.[1] This is where she met Ephraim F. Morgan, and the two married in September 1903.[2] As first lady, she ardently opposed the consumption of alcohol and actively campaigned for a woman's right to vote. She provided design ideas to architect Walter F. Martens in the design of the West Virginia Governor's Mansion. They moved into the newly constructed mansion six days before leaving office. After leaving office, the Morgans lived in Washington, D.C. and in Fairmont, West Virginia. The couple had two children. One child died at the age of fifteen months.[2][3] After Ephraim died in 1950, Alma moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, where she died on April 5, 1960.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Callahan, James Morton (1912). Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia Volume 3. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 956. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). The encyclopedia of West Virginia. St. Clair Shores, Mich.: Somerset Publishers. p. 100. ISBN 0-403-09843-2. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Edna Brady Cornwell
First Lady of West Virginia
1921 – 1925
Succeeded by
Bertie Ison Martin Conley