One of the younger generation of professional men of Southern Illinois, Dr. Harry P. Morgan, of Sesser, has through his activities in the field of medicine and surgery won the right to be named among his section's representative men. Although he has been engaged in practice at Sesser for only five years, he has a clientele that extends throughout the community, and the reputation he has won in his chosen vocation is an enviable one. Dr. Morgan was born October 28, 1880, in Washington county, Illinois, and is a son of the late Hon. Matthew A. and Ida J. (Staude) Morgan.

H. P. H. Morgan, the grandfather of Harry P., was a native of Missouri, came to Illinois in young manhood, and became one of the best-known traders in the southern part of the state. He accumulated a large fortune, and died in 1881, advanced in years and with the regard and esteem of his fellow citizens. His son, Matthew A. Morgan, inherited many of his sterling characteristics, and like his father became widely and favorably known. He, however, devoted himself to the law, and after attending school at Lebanon, Illinois, and the Chicago Law School, entered Republican politics, and rose to positions of honor and trust within the gift of the people. He served with distinction in the Illinois State Legislature for three years, but a most promising career was cut short when he met an accidental death, October 10, 1898. He had been exceedingly successful in his law practice at Okawville, Washington


county, and at his death left a large estate. His widow, who survives him and makes her home at that place, was a daughter of Frank Staude, who was born in Saxony, Germany, and came to the United States as a young man, settling in Washington county, where he spent the rest of his life in agricultural pursuits, passing away in 1898, at the age of eighty-five years.

Harry P. Morgan was educated in the public schools of Okawville and in the university at Valparaiso, Indiana, from which he was graduated in pharmacy in 1902. Being desirous of becoming a physician, he entered the Chicago Medical College, and later the Bennett College of Medicine, also at Chicago, and graduated from the latter in 1906, with the degree of M. D. In the following year he established himself in practice at Sesser, and the success which has attended his efforts speaks eloquently for his ability. Dr. Morgan belongs to the Illinois State and Franklin County Medical Societies and is a prominent Mason and Odd Fellow. Although an ardent Republican, he has had no disposition or time to engage in active contest in the political arena. Aside from his profession, he gives the greater part of his attention to looking after his realty holdings in Washington county. One of Sesser's best citizens, he enjoys the regard and respect of all who have ever had occasion to call him in a professional capacity, as well as many others of his friends and acquaintances who knew him to be a generous, kindly man.

Dr. Morgan was married March 21, 1912, to Miss Daisy A. Lionberger, a daughter of A. J. Lionberger, a prominent Republican of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Lionberger is a native of Jefferson county and a very successful farmer. Mrs. Morgan is a member of the Baptist church.

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