"Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County

Bedford County TN Biographies

Robert Kenneth Morgan

Robert Kenneth Morgan, owner and principal of the Morgan School, a preparatory institution at Petersburg, is a native of Tennessee. He was born in Bedford county, on the 9th of February, 1864, a son of German Baker and Isadora Alice (Holt) Morgan, both natives of Tennessee. Robert Kenneth Morgan attended the common schools of Bedford county and subsequently entered the Webb School at Bellbuckle. In due time he enrolled in Vanderbilt University and upon the completion of his education engaged in teaching. He found educational work much to his liking and some thirty-five years ago founded the Morgan School, the purpose of which institution is to give a thorough preparatory training. He achieved success from the start and his school stands high among the institutions of its kind in the state. Some three years ago he received a private voluntary subscription of seventy thousand dollars, this money having been given for the purpose of removing the school from Fayetteville to Petersburg. The people in this community have cooperated in every way to make the school a success and Mr. Morgan is readily conceded to be one of the city's most substantial citizens. He has attained a position of prominence among the foremost educators of the south and he is a member of the state board of education and superintendent of the general educational interests of the community.

On the 4th of June, 1895, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Morgan and Miss Mary Myrtle Stephenson, a native of Tennessee. To their union the following children have been born: Robert K., Jr., John G., Kathlene, Mary, Alice, Lucille, Sarah and Charles L. Mrs. Morgan is a true southern gentlewoman, possessing a charming and magnetic personality, and she is prominent in the club and social circles of Petersburg. Since attaining his majority Mr. Morgan has followed an independent course in politics, although he is partial to the democratic party. He has never sought nor desired public preferment but he is always active in civic affairs and is well informed on all important questions and issues of the day. He is and has been for many years a stanch prohibitionist and canvassed the state in the interests of prohibition. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and he is a member of the board of stewards of the local church. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, and while a student at the university he became affiliated with Delta Kappa Epsilon, one of the most popular national college fraternities in the United States. Mr. Morgan is a man of genial and pleasing personality and he enjoys the confidence of his pupils and his fellow citizens. He is a well known figure in the educational and religious circles of Tennessee and this state is indeed proud to number him among her native sons.

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During the ten years that the Morgan preparatory school has been in existence at Fayetteville, it has established a reputation second to no institution of its character in the state. Its president, Prof. Robert Kenneth Morgan, has for years been recognized as a leader in the ranks of Tennessee educators, and has made it the purpose of the school to dispense the benefits of a liberal education to the young men and women not only of this state but of the entire section, thus assisting to make Fayetteville as preeminent in educational matters as it is in commercial affairs. Air. Morgan is a native Tennessean, born in Bedford county, near Shelbyville, February 9, 1864, a son of Germain Baker and Alice (Holt) Morgan.

Moses Morgan, the grandfather of Robert K. Morgan, was born in North Carolina, and as a youth came to Tennessee with his parents, the family settling in Bedford county, where he spent the remainder of his life in working at the carpenter trade. He married Elizabeth Johnson, and among their children was Germain B. Morgan, who was born in Bedford county in 1832. The latter followed in his fathers foot-steps, learning the trade of carpenter and subsequently becoming the proprietor of a sawmill, which he conducted for a number of years. In political matters he was a Democrat, and with his family, attended the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His death occurred in 1907. Mr. Morgan married Miss Alice Holt, who was born in Bedford county in 1842, and she still survives her husband. They had a family of three sons and five daughters, Robert K. being the second in order of birth of these children, of whom five are now living.

Robert Kenneth Morgan received his early education in the public schools of Shelbyville and the Webb schools, and then took a special course in Vanderbilt University. He entered upon his professional career as a teacher in the schools of Howell, Tennessee, and in 1903 came to Fayetteville and established the Morgan school. The character of the buildings already erected, and the plans of those to be erected during the coming year, indicate that taste, utility and permanence are to be taken into account. These include the school, a dormitory and a gymnasium, while a library and two society buildings arc being erected. The physical well-being of the students has not been neglected, as indicated by the employment of competent teachers of physical culture, while the range of sciences covered by the various departments proves the broad basis on which the institution has been founded. The enrollment of pupils includes from two hundred to two hundred and twenty-five names.

Prof. Morgan has not confined his energies to the promotion of the school with which he is personally connected, but has been a friend of education and an active worker for its advancement along all lines. His activities have brought him prominently before the public, where he is generally recognized as one of the leading representatives of his calling in the state. In political matters he is a Democrat, but has not entered the public arena. He is a member of the board of stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and lay leader of his district, while his fraternal connections are with Chevalier Lodge No. 22, Knights of Pythias and the D. K. E. college fraternity, of which he is a charter member.

In 1895, Prof. Morgan was married to Miss Myrtle Stevenson, of Howell, and seven children have been born to this union: Kenneth, John, Kathaleen, Mary, Alice, Lucille and Charles L.
A history of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities. By Will Thomas Hale & Dixon L. Merritt Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913

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