Jedidiah Morse, the father of Samuel Morse, was an American geographer whose textbooks on the subject became a staple in schools across the country. He is often called "the father of American geography."
|Full Name||Jedidiah Morse|
|Birth Date||August 23, 1761|
|Death Date||June 9, 1826|
|Born||Woodstock, Connecticut, USA|
|Died||New Haven, Connecticut, USA|
|Cause of Death||old age|
|Mother||Sarah Childs Morse|
|Spouse||Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese Morse|
Sidney Edwards Morse
Richard Cary Morse
Morse was the father of Samuel Morse.
At Yale, Morse studied theology under Jonathan Edwards.
Among Morse's circle of friends were Noah Webster, Benjamin Silliman, and Jeremy Belknap. Webster helped Morse publish some of his first geographical books.
Morse strongly opposed the racist and sexist views of his time, and spoke openly against the Encyclopedia Britannica for describing Native Americans as "slavish" and having thicker skulls than other human beings. He organized for the top student in the class of a local school for Native American children to write an essay for him to present to president James Monroe. The top student of the school happened to be John Ridge, the future Cherokee politician.
Woodstock, Connecticut, USA - Born here, 1761. Grew up here, 1761 - 1778.
New Haven, Connecticut, USA - Lived here, 1778 - 1786, and 1820 - 1826. Died here, 1826.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Lived here, 1785.
Midway, Georgia, USA - Lived here briefly, 1787.
Newton, Massachusetts, USA - Was often here, 1808.