Charles Hosmer Morse

Charles Hosmer Morse (September 23, 1833 – May 5, 1921) was an American businessman and philanthropist. Morse was born at St. Johnsbury, Vermont.[1] He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1850. Shortly after graduation he joined his uncle, Zelotus Hosmer, in the Boston office of E. & T. Fairbanks, marketing platform scales. He was promoted to the New York office, and then to Chicago, eventually establishing a branch that would go on to be known as Fairbanks-Morse corporation. He was also an early resident of and influential figure in the city of Winter Park, Florida.[2]

Charles Hosmer Morse
BornSeptember 23, 1833
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
DiedMay 5, 1921
Orange County, Florida
OccupationBusinessman, developer, philanthropist
Known forFounder of Fairbanks, Morse and Co.; Winter Park, Florida city leader

Morse was a prominent developer in Chicago, for whom Morse Avenue in far-north Rogers Park takes its name.

See also


  1. "Fairbanks - Morse". 2006-04-09. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  2. "Biography of Charles Hosmer Morse on Rollins College website". Retrieved 2016-01-25.

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