Morgan F. Larson, the fifty-third governor of New Jersey, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on June 15, 1882. His education was attained at Cooper Union College in New York, where he earned a B.S. degree in 1907 and a C.E. degree in 1910. After establishing his engineering career, Larson entered into politics. He served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate from 1922 to 1928; and was senate president in 1926. Larson next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 6, 1928. During his tenure, the Jones law was sanctioned; and a state tax department, as well as a state-purchasing department were established. Also, the Delaware River port authority was founded; and regulations were imposed on building and loan associations. After leaving office, Larson secured an appointment to serve as the State Commissioner of Conservation, a position he held from 1945 to 1948. From 1948 to 1961 he worked as an engineering consultant for the New Jersey Water Policy and Supply Council. Governor Morgan F. Larson passed away on March 21, 1961, and was buried in the Alpine Cemetery in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Sources:

Sobel, Robert and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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