Edwin D. (E.D.) Morgan was a particularly notable
organizer and manager of successful America's Cup
defenses during the golden period of defenses by very
large sloops. His long record in yacht racing, including
the America's Cup, led to the accolade "The Greatest
American Yachtsman" by renowned yachting writer,
After many years racing lesser yachts, Mr. Morgan
came to particular prominence in yachting circles
as the owner of Nathanael Greene Herreshoff's breakthrough
yacht GLORIANA, which won all eight races in the New
York Yacht Club's most competitive class in 1891.
Thus began a legendary partnership in competitions
over many years between E.D. Morgan as owner and manager
and N.G. Herreshoff as designer and builder. The duo's
accomplishments included very direct involvement with
four Cup Defenders: VIGILANT in 1893 over VALKYRIE;
DEFENDER in 1895 over VALKYRIE II; COLUMBIA in 1899
over SHAMROCK; and COLUMBIA in 1901 over SHAMROCK
II with E.D. Morgan as syndicate manager.
In addition to serving as commodore of the New York
Yacht Club from 1893 - 1894, E.D. Morgan was four
times a member of the Club's America's Cup Committee.
A graduate of Harvard in 1877, Mr. Morgan attained
great respect from all that he accomplished over a
long life in which his yachting involvement was central.
He owned some 17 vessels including steamers, schooners,
sloops, America's Cup Defenders and many smaller yachts.