Dick T. Morgan (December 6, 1853 - July 4, 1920)


Dick T. Morgan was born on December 6, 1853, in Vigo County, Indiana. He received a B. S. in 1876 from Union Christian College (Meron, Indiana) and a LL. B. in 1880 from Central Law School (Indianapolis). From 1880 to 1881, he served in the Indiana state legislature.

In 1889 he moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where he practiced law, dealt in real estate, and became active in politics, the Republican Party, and religious affairs. He ran for territorial delegate to Congress in 1900 and 1902, and in 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him Registrar of the U. S. Land Office at Woodward. In addition, he wrote several legal manuals, including Morgan's Digest of Oklahoma Statutes and Supreme Court Decisions (1897), Land Credits (1915), and numerous other books on land law and the farm mortgage system.

Morgan represented Oklahoma's Second District in the U. S. Congress from 1909 to 1915 and the Eighth District from 1915 to 1920. His opponents in the 1910 and 1912 elections, E. L. Fulton and John J. Carney respectively, contested the results because of the grandfather clause in the state constitution that virtually prohibited African Americans from voting. Both elections were upheld, however. During his congressional career, Morgan served on the following U. S. House committees: Expenditures in the Treasury Department, Public Lands, and Judiciary. Land law and farm mortgages still held Morgan's interest while in Congress, and he sponsored the Rural Credits Bill that was enacted in 1916. En route to Oklahoma, Morgan died of pneumonia on July 4, 1920, in Danville, Indiana.

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Letter to Dick T. Morgan from Porter Heath Morgan and Ora Morgan on April 25, 1897

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Handwritten letter to Dick T. Morgan from Porter Heath Morgan and Ora Morgan about recent activities, such as riding and church.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Mary A. Decker on September 21, 1898

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Mary A. Decker canceling an expected visit.

Letter to Dick T. Morgan from Ora Morgan on February 20, 1894

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Handwritten letter to Dick T. Morgan from Ora Morgan about possible home renovations.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Bettie Rider (undated)

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Bettie Rider about when to come stay with her.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Bettie Rider on March 21, 1894

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Bettie Rider about coming to help her move.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Bettie Rider (undated)

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Bettie Rider correcting a previous mistake about Jane staying with Mrs. Batley.

Letter from F. [Dahmer] on December 4, 1892

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Handwritten letter, possibly to Ora Morgan, from F. Dahmer about thanking her for a recent letter.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Bessie [M. King] on February 11, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Bessie M. King about what to do on an upcoming visit.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Bessie M. King on March 3, 1892

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Bessie M. King about her wedding..

Letter to Morgan Family from Bessie Maxwell on October 20, 1891

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Handwritten letter to Morgan Family from Bessie Maxwell about being married in Washington and the school her mother teaches at.