Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
George Austin Morrison, Jr.
GEORGE AUSTIN MORRISON, JR., was the
son of the late George Austin Morrison, and Lucy Anne King, and was born
March 26, 1864, in New York City. He received his early education from
private tutors and then attended the Cutler School, from which he entered
Harvard University in 1883. He was graduated in 1887, receiving the degree
of A.B. "Cum laude," having taken honours in Philosophy. He entered
the Columbia Law School the same. year and took the degree of Bachelor of
Laws in 1889, taking also in 1888 the degree of Master of Arts of Columbia
University. During his college and law school career, he wrote a number of
plays, burlesques and operettas, the most popular being Captain Kidd,
William Penn, Lafayette and Narcissa, all of which were
produced by the Columbia College Dramatic Club during 1888-1891.
He was admitted to the Bar of the
State of New York in 1889 and after being some years in the office of
Coudert Brothers, and of Olin Hives & Montgomery, started to practise law
for himself in 1897.
Mr. Morrison was a member of the
Saint Andrews Society of the State of New York since 1885, and held the
office of Secretary for a period of fifteen years (1895-1910)
was Second Vice-President. 1910-1911, and was President
1912-1915, and a member of the Standing Committee.
The year 1906, marking the one
hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Society
(1756-1906), Mr. Morrison, as Secretary, compiled a History of Saint
Andrevis Society, a volume of some three hundred pages. it contains
an historical sketch of the Society, the portraits and biographies of all
the Presidents, the Constitution, and a full list of the Officers and
Members since 1756, as well as the financial history of the Society and a
list of the places where the banquets were held during the one hundred and
fifty years of its existence. The book is of great value, as it preserves
for all time many records which were rapidly falling into decay and
important facts concerning the administration of the Society s work.
Mr. Morrison always had strong
literary tastes and was the author of many other works, the best known of
which are Clement King of Marshfield,
Massachusetts, and His Descendants; The DeCamp Family of New Jersey: The
King Heraldry; The Clarke Families of Rhode Island; The King Family in
England, etc. He also wrote a number of
plays and comic opera libretti, as well as numerous articles in the
magazines and periodicals of the day.
His hobby was antiquarian and
genealogical research and an authority upon the King and the Clarke
families, both in Old and New England. He further made the military
records of the War of the Revolution a special study and discovered and
contributed many MSS., Muster Rolls, Lists of Revolutionary. Soldiers and
Sailors, and Army material to magazines.
Although born in America, Mr.
Morrison was an authority upon Scottish subjects. He was an accomplished
musician, having a good baritone voice and possessed a fine collection of
the songs and ballads of the "Land o Cakes," which he sang with feeling
and intelligence. Of athletic tastes, Mr. Morrison was a skilled horseman,
an enthusiastic motorist and golf player and devoted to all out-door
sports. In social life he was a most delightful companion, a ready speaker
and a capital story teller, being an excellent example that the
descendants of Scotsmen resident in America do not lose the rugged
He was General Counsel and Treasurer
of the Metals Trading Corporation and the International Fabricating
Corporation, as well as a director in each of these companies; and also
Secretary and director of the New England Motor Sales Co., of Greenwich,
He was a member of the Metropolitan
Club, the Army and Navy Club, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Society
of Colonial Wars, the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Veteran
Corps of Artillery, State of New York, the Military Society of the
War of 1812, the Naval Order of the United States, the Society of American
Wars, St. Andrews Society of the State of New York, St. Georges Society,
St. Nicholas Society, New York Historical Society, and member and trustee
of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
He married, April 9, 1912, Magdalen
Sophrona Worden, daughter of the late Linas Dean and Mary Ann (Kraft)
Mrs. Morrison is a talented
composer, the pupil of Louis Lombard, Clarence Lucas and the late Max
Spicker, all eminent professors of Musical Composition and Harmony. She is
also an accomplished pianist and has written a large number of songs and
ballads which have been published and are sung by many of the artists of
the operatic and concert stage.
Mr. Morrison died suddenly of heart
failure on St. Andrew s Day, November 30, 1916, in the fifty-fourth year
of his age. He is survived by his wife and brother, Charles King Morrison.
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