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Daniel Morgan

Daniel Morgan, American congressman, army officer. awarded Gold medal by Continental Congress. member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 5th Congress, 1797-1799.

Background

  • Morgan, Daniel was born in 1736 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey or Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of James and Eleanora Morgan.

  • Education

    • Quarrelled with father, moved to Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, transported supplies to frontier points of Virginia. Served as Lieutenant in Pontiac’s War, 1774, accompanied Lord Dunmore’s expedition to Western Pennsylvania. Commissioned captain company of riflemen from Virginia, 1775, accompanied Benedict Arnold in assault of Quebec, was captured, 1775.

      Commissioned colonel 11th Virginia Regiment, 1776. Commissioned brigadier general Continental Army, 1780, joined General Nathaniel Gates. Defeated British at Battle of Cowpens (North Carolina), 1781, awarded Gold medal by Continental Congress.

      Retired to estate in Virginia after Revolutionary War. Commanded Virginia Militia ordered by President.

    Career

    • Worked in Bucks County (where his father was ironmaster Durham Iron Works). General Continental Army, 1780, joined General Nathaniel Gates.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 5th Congress, 1797-1799.

    Connections

    • Married Abigail Bailey, children—Nancy, Betty.
    • father: James Morgan
    • mother: Eleanora Morgan
    • spouse: Abigail Bailey
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    Born 1736
    Died July 6, 1802
    (aged 66)
    Nationality

    Award