Morse, Jerome Edward was born on February 23, 1846 in Leominster, Massachusetts, United States. Son of General Augustus and Caroline A. (Willard) Morse.
Appointed by President Lincoln, 1862, and graduate 1866, United States Naval Academy.
Promoted ensign, June, 1868. Master, 1870; Lieutenant, 1872. Retired for disability incurred in line of duty, July 22, 1874.
Served as midshipman during Civil War. Commanded Naval Training Station, Erie, Pennsylvania, during Spanish-American War, 1898. Promoted Lieutenant-commander, retired, June 29, 1906.
Vice president. and treasurer Hecla Powder Company, 1881-1895. Founder and 1st president Morse Society of America, and president of The Morse Company, publications, 1895-1904. Trustee Adelphi College, Brooklyn, 12 years Past Grand Treasurer Grand Lodge, F. and A.M. of New York.
Clubs: Montauk, Aldine, Aurora Grata.
Married Ella Packard, of Brooklyn, February 15, 1872.