Continental General Daniel Morgan
||Born: 1736; Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Died: July 6, 1802; Virginia
Battles: Quebec, Saratoga, Cowpens
"Great generals are scarce--there are few Morgans around."
- Nathanael Greene
After the Revolutionary War: 1782-1802
In 1782, Daniel Morgan built another house which he named "Saratoga" after his successes in New York. Sometime during the 1780's, an extramartial affair resulted in a son, Willoughby, about whom Morgan never spoke. Morgan's business dealings in land speculation resulted in his owning over 250,000 acres by 1795. He even became a member of the Presbyterian Church. Morgan's daughters gave him nineteen grandchildren on whom he doted. He also had old army friends such as John Eager Howard, Horatio Gates, and Otho Holland Williams.
On March 25, 1790, Morgan finally received a gold medal that had been struck by Congress in recognition of his victory at Cowpens. In 1794, the major general returned to active duty to lead a group of militia against protesters during the Whiskey Rebellion. After failing to win election to Congress in 1795, he won a term in 1797-1799, serving in Congress as a Federalist, but was too ill to run for reelection in 1799. He died on July 6, 1802. In December 1821, the General Assembly of Virginia approved the organization of Morgan County, named in Daniel Morgan's honor.
"No man better loved this world, and no man more reluctantly quitted it"
- Henry 'Light-Horse Harry' Lee
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Topic Last Updated: 12/1/2002
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