Historic Markers Across Alabama

John Tyler Morgan House

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: on Tremont Street, Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.824    W 087° 1.65
  32.41373333    -87.0275
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This was the residence of John Tyler Morgan (1824-1907) one of Alabama's most honored political & military leaders. Constructed in 1859 by Thomas R. Wetmore, it was purchased by Morgan in 1865, & served for many years as his principal residence.

Morgan was a leader in the Secession Convention, ranking second only to William Lowndes Yancey in influence & power of debate. During the war he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private & was promoted through ranks to Brigadier General.

A practicing attorney, he opposed Radical Reconstruction & in 1876 was elected to the U. S. Senate, where his 30 year tenure proved to be one of the longest in history. He is known as the "Father of the Isthmian Canal" & for his services on the Bering Sea Fisheries Commission, which prevented the extinction of seals & other sea life in Pacific waters.

National Register of Historic Places 9-27-72.

End of John Tyler Morgan House