Junius Spencer Morgan II

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Junius Spencer Morgan II
Born(1867-06-05)June 5, 1867
DiedAugust 18, 1932(1932-08-18) (aged 65)
Resting placeCedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
EducationSt. Paul's School
Alma materPrinceton University
OccupationBanker, art collector
Spouse(s)Josephine Adams Perry
ChildrenSarah Spencer Morgan
Alexander Perry Morgan
Parent(s)George Hale Morgan
Sarah Spencer Morgan
RelativesJ. P. Morgan (uncle)
J. P. Morgan, Jr. (cousin)
Anne Morgan (cousin)
Junius Spencer Morgan (grandfather)
AwardsOrder of the Crown

Junius Spencer Morgan II (June 5, 1867 – August 18, 1932[1]) was an art collector and a nephew of John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.[2]

Early life

Morgan was born on June 5, 1867 in Irvington, New York to George Hale Morgan (1840–1911) and Sarah Spencer Morgan (1839–1896), distant cousins. His younger sister was Caroline Lucy Morgan (1873–1942),[3] a philanthropist,[4] who never married.[5] His mother and her brother, John Pierpont Morgan, were two of the five children born to Junius Spencer Morgan (1813–1890), his grandfather, and Juliet Pierpont (1816–1884), the daughter of John Pierpont (1785–1866).

He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, class of 1884, and graduated from Princeton University with the class of 1888.


He was a banker and a partner in the firm of Cuyler, Morgan & Co. and retired in 1906.[3]


Morgan was a generous benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and gave many works to the (future) Department of Drawings and Prints from a broad range, dating mainly from the sixteenth century, including 2 woodblocks and many prints by Albrecht Dürer in 1919. Some of his other graphic works were sold at Anderson Galleries, New York, February 18, 1921.

Morgan was also a generous donor to his alma mater. When a student, he started collecting early editions of the Latin poet Virgil, a collection he gave to the Princeton University Library in 1896, adding new volumes every year until his death in 1932.[6]

In January 1932, he was awarded the Order of the Crown of Italy by Signor Comandante Emanuele Grazzi, the Italian Consul General.[7]

Personal life

Morgan was married to Josephine Adams Perry (1869–1963),[8] the daughter of Brig. Gen. Alexander James Perry (1828–1913) and Josephine Adams (1834–1917),[9] and the granddaughter of Nathaniel Hazard Perry (1803–1832), the brother of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and youngest son of Christopher Raymond Perry.[8] They lived in Rye for 5 years at the Jay Estate from 1892 - 1897 where their first child was born. Together, they had:

  • Sarah Spencer Morgan (1893–1949),[10] who married Henry B. Gardner (1891–1932)[11] in 1913.[12]
  • Alexander Perry Morgan (1900–1968),[13] who married Janet Croll (1901–1985) in 1921.[14]

On August 18, 1932, Morgan died of a heart attack in Valmont, Switzerland, while with his sister Caroline.[3][15] His funeral was held at the American Cathedral Church of the Trinity in Paris,[16] and he was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.[17] The bulk of his estate was left to his two children.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Junius Spencer Morgan (1867-1932)". Bibliothèque Nationale de France (in French). Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Junius Spencer Morgan Dies In Switzerland". Baltimore Sun. August 19, 1932. Retrieved 2010-08-14. First Cousin Of J. P., Sr., Noted As Art Collector -- Honored At Princeton Recently
  3. ^ a b c "J. S. MORGAN DIES IN SWITZERLAND; Retired Banker Emulated Ex- ample of Uncle, the Late j. P., as Art Collector. HONORED BY TWO NATIONS Spent Most of Time in Europe Since Retiring From Paris Banking Firm Many Years Ago". The New York Times. 19 August 1932. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ "A DONOR OF $3,000 SENDS $2,000 MORE; ' Friend' of Neediest Tells of Joy in Finding Additional Sum Can Be Spared. TWO MAKE $1,000 GIFTS They Are the Mary J. Hutchins Foundation, New Subscriber, and Caroline L. Morgan". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ "MISS C.L. MORGAN SERVICE; J.P. Morgan Among Those at Rites Held for His First Cousin". The New York Times. 17 January 1942. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library". Princeton University Library. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Times, Special To The New York (6 January 1932). "JUNIUS S. MORGAN HONORED BY ITALY; Order of Crown Is Presented to Banker at Princeton for His 'Spreading of Culture.'". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Mrs. Junius S. Morgan, 93, Banker, Collector's Widow". The New York Times. 27 April 1963. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert. "Alexander James Perry, Brigadier General, United States Army". www.arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  10. ^ "MRS. HENRY B. GARDNER". The New York Times. July 15, 1949. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  11. ^ Times, Special To The New York (11 October 1932). "HENRY B. GARDNER, NEW YORK BROKER, DIES; Son-in-Law of the Late Juntas ' Spencer Morgan Victim of Pneumonia at 42". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  12. ^ "MISS MORGAN ENGAGED.; Daughter of Junius S. Morgan to Wed H.B. Gardner". The New York Times. 11 June 1913. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Alexander Perry Morgan Dies; Architect, Nephew of Financier". The New York Times. 20 December 1968. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  14. ^ "MISS CROLL ENGAGED TO ALEX P. MORGAN | Junior League Girl to Marry Princeton Senior, Kin of Late J. Pierpont Morgan". The New York Times. 22 November 1921. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  15. ^ Times, Wireless To The New York (20 August 1932). "JUNIUS S. MORGAN TO BE BURIED HERE | Sister Will Accompany Body From Switzerland | Princeton: Librarian Pays Tribute to Him". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  16. ^ Times, Wireless To The New York (24 August 1932). "FUNERAL OF J. S. MORGAN.; J. P. Morgan Goes From Scotland to Attend Services in Paris". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Junius Spencer Morgan Buried". The New York Times. 4 September 1932. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  18. ^ "J.S. MORGAN ESTATE LEFT TO 2 CHILDREN; | Princeton Art Museum Gets Etchings Collected by Cousin of Noted Banker. | RARE PAINTING BEQUEATHED | Sir Joshua Reynolds's Portrait of Mrs. Yates Goes to Daughter". The New York Times. 8 September 1932. Retrieved 4 March 2017.