Edwin D. Morgan (businessman)
|Edwin D. Morgan|
Edwin Denison Morgan III|
16 February 1921
28 June 2001 (aged 80)|
New York City, New York
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Known for||Director of the Pioneer Fund|
Nancy Marie Whitney
(m. 1949; div. 1959)
Edwin D. Morgan Jr.|
Elizabeth Winthrop Emmet
John Winthrop Chanler (great-grandfather)|
Edwin D. Morgan (2x great-grandfather)
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.
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.
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.
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. He was a well-known figure in the expatriate American literary community in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s.
Morgan later founded Holographics, Inc., which developed useful laser technologies.
- 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) Morgan later married Jacqueline Johnson, which also ended in divorce.
Morgan died of cancer on June 28, 2001 in New York City.
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- "Deaths LUTZ, NANCY WHITNEY". The New York Times. October 30, 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2016.