Bath, Maine's Charlie Morse: Ice King and Wall Street Scoundrel

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The History Press, 2011 - History - 126 pages
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Charles W. Morse is a notorious character, whose name is still well-recognized in Bath and around the state of Maine. He made millions in the ice trade in the late nineteenth century (a major industry in Maine at the time that helped spur its economic development), created and worked in an important company that created steamboats and tugboats, and was later blamed for the financial panic of 1907, earning the disdain of Theodore Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, JP Morgan, and Mark Twain. His story unites many important industries and movements in Maine's history, and also connects them to the larger narrative of American innovation and inventiveness.
 

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Contents

Bath Maine on the Kennebec River Mid1800s
9
The Natural Ice Trade 18951902
23
Charlie Morses Women 18991906
30
New York City Life in the Early 1900s
49
Charles Morses Steamboats 190107
59
Charlie Morse and the Bank Panic of October 1907
69
Indictments and Trial 190809
78
Prison and Pardon 190812
97
One Last Chance 191233
103
Index
123
About the Author
127
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About the author (2011)

Philip H. Morse is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University and has two master's degrees from Stanford University. After retiring from AT&T and moving to Maine, he took up his wife's stories about the most famous member of her family: Charlie Morse. It seems her great-grandmother, who was born and raised in Bath, Maine, was Charlie's second cousin. Her father was involved with Charlie's father by running a shipyard. Researching Charlie's activities was made easier by an extensive collection of Morse material in the archives of the Maine Maritime Museum. From their willingness to share this material, this book was born.