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Daniel Morgan

congressman , army officer

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