Edwin D. Morgan (businessman)

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Edwin D. Morgan
Born Edwin Denison Morgan III
(1921-02-16)16 February 1921
Died 28 June 2001(2001-06-28) (aged 80)
New York City, New York
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Businessman
Known for Director of the Pioneer Fund
Nancy Marie Whitney
(m. 1949; div. 1959)

Jacqueline Johnson
Children Alida Morgan
Pamela Morgan
Parent(s) Edwin D. Morgan Jr.
Elizabeth Winthrop Emmet
Relatives John Winthrop Chanler (great-grandfather)
Edwin D. Morgan (2x great-grandfather)

Edwin Denison "Eddie" Morgan III (February 16, 1921 – June 28, 2001) was an American businessman and Pioneer Fund director from 2000-2001.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mrs Edwin D Morgan Jr by William Bruce Ellis Ranken

Morgan was born on February 16, 1921 in New York City. His parents were Edwin D. Morgan Jr. (1890-1954) and Elizabeth Winthrop Emmet (1897–1934).

His maternal grandparents were Christopher Temple Emmet and Alida Beekman Chanler, the daughter of John Winthrop Chanler, a U.S. Representative from New York, and Margaret Astor Ward of the prominent Astor family of New York.

His paternal grandparents were Edwin Denison Morgan (1854-1933), a noted yachtsman and horseman, and Elizabeth Sarah Archer. Morgan's 2x-great grandfather was Edwin D. Morgan (1811–1883), who served as the 21st Governor of New York, a U.S. Senator, and was the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee.[2]


Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Morgan enlisted in the Marine Corps and his 1st Marine Division participated in the Guadalcanal, New Guinea, New Britain and Peleliu battles in August 1942. Subsequently, he fought in the battles of eastern New Guinea, New Britain and Peleliu, rising to the rank of sergeant.[3]

Post-war career[edit]

After the war, he briefly worked for the New York Herald Tribune in New York and the Marshall Plan in Europe. He did not attend college, however, he became an authority on the military and political history of the battle of Guadalcanal.[3]

In 1954, while living in Paris, Morgan founded of Overseas Credit, Inc., which financed cars across Europe for U.S. military personnel and Marshall Plan employees. From this, he became a friend and adviser to many American writers and editors who gravitated to the Paris.[3] He was a well-known figure in the expatriate American literary community in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s.[4]

Morgan later founded Holographics, Inc., which developed useful laser technologies.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan and his wife Elizabeth on an open-air 'veranda' on the stern of their steam yacht likely May, 1899

In 1949, Morgan married Nancy Marie Whitney (1926-2006), the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Marie Norton Harriman.[6] Together, Edwin and Nancy had two children:[7]

  • Alida Morgan
  • Pamela Morgan

Morgan and Whitney divorced in 1959 and she later married Edward Augustus Hurd, Jr. (1918-2001), and later well known water colorist Pierre Lutz (1923-1991)[7] Morgan later married Jacqueline Johnson, which also ended in divorce.[3]

Morgan died of cancer on June 28, 2001 in New York City.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Founders". Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 397
  3. ^ a b c d Staff (July 3, 2001). "Edwin D. Morgan, 80, Businessman Who Befriended Writers in Paris". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Edwin D. Morgan, 80, Businessman Who Befrended Writers in Paris". International Herald Tribune. 3 July 2001. 
  5. ^ "Edwin D. Morgan Death Notice", New York Times, 8 July 2001 
  6. ^ "Quiet Whitney Wedding" (PDF). New York Times. March 2, 1923. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Deaths LUTZ, NANCY WHITNEY". The New York Times. October 30, 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 

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