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Morgan, Justin

Born: 1747 AD
Died: 1798 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Horse Breeder

1747 – Born on February 28th in West Springfield, Massachusetts. American horse breeder and composer.
         – Justin Morgan was most famous in history for the horse which founded the Morgan breed of horses.

         – He composed 18th century musical rendition of poetry and psalms known as figuring tunes of psalmody.

1774 – He married his first cousin Martha Day on December at 27 years of age.

1782 – Morgan became involved in a lawsuit concerning a runaway slave named Price Freeman.

1784 – Morgan became a substitute tax collector for West Springfield.

1788 – He had owned a few mares and raised foals by the stallions he stood at stud. One of the last mares he owned was bred to the stallion True Briton the year he left Springfield.

1789 – He was elected a lister and grand juryman of the town.

1790 – He became town clerk and treasurer holding those positions for three years. Morgan has long been acclaimed for his elegant penmanship and as a singing manter. He conducted both writing and singing schools, apparently traveling widely to do the latter.

         – Nine pieces of Morgan’s music survive today in turn books published by others. The first eight were published in Federal Harmony.

1798 – Died on March 22nd in Randolph, Vermont at 51 years of age.