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 F.H. Greer on May 30, 1902

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Printed letter to Dick T. Morgan from F.H. Greer asking for a photo for the State Capital.

Letter to Dick T. Morgan and Ora Morgan from G.C. Maxwell on April 28, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Dick T. and Ora Morgan from G.C. Maxwell thanking him for their concern about his wife's recent passing along with an account of…

Letter to Ora Morgan from Pauline Shakleford on April 28, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Pauline Shakleford about recently being elected at Convention and hoping for methods for "Primary See."

Letter to Ora Morgan from Bessie M. King on April 11, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Bessie M. King about her mother's illness.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Dell on April 16, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Dell about Aunt Sarah's death.

Letter to Ora Morgan from Mary on April 20, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Ora Morgan from Mary soliciting her contribution to a quilt being made by the "Aid."

Letter to Dick T. Morgan and Ora Morgan from A.R. and Mary Heath on February 8, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Dick T. and Ora Morgan from A.R. and Mary Heath about their recent flight nearby and hopefully seeing them soon.

Letter to Dick T. Morgan and Ora Morgan from A.R. Heath on April 19, 1902

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Handwritten letter to Dick T. and Ora Morgan from A.R. Heath about Sister Sarah Maxwell's funeral and selling stock.

Letter to Dick T. Morgan and Ora Morgan from Dell (undated)

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Handwritten letter to Dick T. and Ora Morgan from Dell about upcoming trips and Summer plans.

Clipping of "The Candidate" (undated)

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Printed clipping of "The Candidate."