George Washington Morgan was born in Washington county, Pa., September 20,  1820.  In 1836 he left college to enlist in the regular Texan Army,  from which he retired with the rank of Captain,  and in 1841 entered the United states Military Academy.  In 1843 he removed to Mount Vernon,  and began the practice of law there in 1845.

He was Colonel in the mexican war and brevetted Brigadeer-General for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco.   While in Mexico,  several of his command were murdered by guerillas,  and in one case two young soldiers were killed,  and their hearts and other parts of their person hung upon bushes by the roadside.  Colonel Morgan thereupon caused to be seized and held as hostages a number of wealthy Mexican citizens,  and gave notice that for every American soldier killed,  otherwise than in fair fight,  he would hang one of these Mexicans.  No more murders occurred.

In 1856 Morgan was appointed United States Consul to marseilles,  and in 1858 Minister to Portugal;  returning to the United States in 1861 to enter the army as Brigadeer-General of volunteers,  under gen. Don Carlos Buell.

In March, 1862,  he was assigned command of the Seventh Division of the Army of Ohio.  He was afterwards assigned to the Thirteenth Army Corps, and commanded at the capture of Fort Hindman, Ark.  He resigned from the army in 1863,  owing to failing health.

In 1865 he was the defeated Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio; was elected to Congress in 1866,  but supplanted in 1868 by Columbus Delano,  who contested his seat.  He was the Democratic candidate for Speaker when Blaine was first elected to that office.  He was again elected to Congress in 1869,  serving till 1873;  was a delegate-at-large to the national Democratic Convention at St. Louis in 1876.

 

Historical Collections of Ohio, by Henry Howe LL.D.