October 5, 1931: U.S Senator Dwight Morrow Dies

Oct 5, 2017

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / Library of Congress

Financier, diplomat, and U.S. Senator Dwight Morrow died in New Jersey on October 5, 1931, at age 58. He was born in Huntington in 1873, while his father, James E. Morrow, was serving as the 11th principal of Marshall College—now Marshall University. When Dwight was an infant, his family moved to West Liberty, where his father served briefly as president of West Liberty Normal School—which is today West Liberty University. The Morrows then moved to Pittsburgh.

After earning his law degree from Columbia University, Dwight Morrow became an attorney in New York City. In 1914, he joined the banking firm of J. P. Morgan and Company. In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge—an old college friend—named Morrow ambassador to Mexico. Morrow resigned from this position in 1930 to run successfully for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He died only a few months into his term in the Senate.

The Morrow Library at Marshall University is named for Dwight’s father, James E. Morrow, and was founded in part by Dwight Morrow. Dwight Morrow’s daughter, Anne, was married to aviator Charles Lindbergh.