Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr.

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Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr.
Personal details
Born(1924-08-10)August 10, 1924
Oyster Bay, New York, US
DiedMay 6, 2011(2011-05-06) (aged 86)
Annapolis, Maryland, US
Fanny Gray Little
(m. 1945; div. 1972)

Jean Alexandra McCain
(m. 1973⁠–⁠2011)
ParentHenry Sturgis Morgan
RelativesMorgan family
Alma materHarvard University (1946)
George Washington University (Law)
OccupationAdmiralty law
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1944–1975
RankRear Admiral
Unitretirement in 1975
Commands heldUSS Tusk (SS-426)
USS Fulton (AS-11)
USS Providence (CL-82)
Fourteenth Naval District
U.S. Naval Forces Korea
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr. (August 10, 1924 – May 6, 2011) was a United States Navy rear admiral and maritime lawyer. Through his father, Morgan Stanley co-founder Henry Sturgis Morgan Sr., he was a great-grandson of J. P. Morgan, founder of J.P. Morgan & Co.[1]

Early life[edit]

Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr. was born August 10, 1924, in Oyster Bay, New York to Henry Sturgis Morgan Sr. (1900–1982)[1] and Catherine Frances Lovering Adams (1902–1988), the daughter of Frances Lovering and Charles Francis Adams III, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy under Herbert Hoover,[2] and a descendant of U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.[3] His younger brother was John Adams Morgan (b. 1930).[4]

Morgan graduated Groton School and Harvard University class of 1946.[5][6]


Grave at Arlington National Cemetery

Morgan joined the Navy in 1942 and was commissioned in 1944. Morgan commanded USS Tusk (SS-426) from June 29, 1957, to May 4, 1959;[7] USS Fulton (AS-11) from May 25, 1966, to February 7, 1968;[8] USS Providence (CLG-6) from February 3 to June 22, 1971;[9] the Fourteenth Naval District, Pearl Harbor beginning in December 1971[10] and was Commander Naval Forces Korea from June 1972 to April 1975.[11]

Morgan received the Legion of Merit.

Morgan practiced maritime law as of counsel to the Admiralty practice group of the firm Vinson & Elkins for twelve years, from 1978 to 1990.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On March 28, 1945, he married Fanny Gray Little of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Before their divorce in 1972, they had four children:

  • Catherine Adams Morgan, who married Alec Mitchell Peltier in 1967.[12]
  • Henry Sturgis Morgan III (b. 1948)
  • Polly Morgan, who married John M. Timken Jr. in 1979.[13]
  • Joan Morgan, who married Peter Lincoln Folsom in 1973.[14]

His second wife was Jean Alexandra McCain (1934–2019), daughter of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (1911–1981) and sister of U.S. Senator John McCain (1936–2018), and was married to her for 38 years until his death. He died in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 6, 2011, aged 86, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[15][5]


  1. ^ a b Saxon, Wolfgang (8 February 1982). "HENRY S. MORGAN IS DEAD AT 81; MEMBER OF THE BANKING FAMILY". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  2. ^ "C.F. ADAMS IS DEAD; HEADED U. S. NAVY | Hoover Cabinet Aide, 87, Was Banker, Philanthropist and Civic Leader in Boston | NOTED AS YACHTSMAN | While at Helm of Resolute, He Defeated Shamrock IV - Won 3 Cups in Year". The New York Times. 12 June 1954. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ New York Times. "J. Pierpont's Second Son Engaged: Henry Sturgis, Harvard Junior, to Wed Miss Catherine Adams of Boston, After Graduation." June 24, 1922, p. 26.
  4. ^ "MISS CHOATE WED TO JOHN A. MORGAN | Christ Church in Hamilton Mass., Setting for Marriage ---Seven Attend the Bride". The New York Times. 7 June 1953. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Henry S. Morgan Jr". The Washington Post. September 18, 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ "The Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr. Collection" (PDF). Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "USS Tusk History". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  8. ^ "Submarine Tenders USS Fulton (AS 11)". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  9. ^ "Navsource.org". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  10. ^ "Roster of Commanders of the Fourteenth Naval District". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  11. ^ "Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  12. ^ "Miss Catherine Morgan Affianced to Alec Peltier". The New York Times. 27 June 1967. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Polly Morgan Is Betrothed". The New York Times. 28 January 1979. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Peter Lincoln Folsom Marries Joan Morgan". The New York Times. 23 September 1973. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Obituary of Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26.

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