Correspondence of John Minter Morgan

Administrative / Biographical History

John Minter Morgan (1782-1854), educationalist and socialist, was born in Westminster the eldest son of John Morgan (1741-1807). At the age of 25 he inherited a city fortune, including a seat on the stock exchange and a Suffolk manor. Morgan was inspired by Robert Owen' s New View of Society and became a keen champion of the co-operation, devoting his entire life, most of his writings and much of his wealth to the cause.

He was a founder member of the London Co-opeartive Society (1824), subscribed money to the scheme to establish a community at Orbiston, Scotland and persuaded several wealthy financiers to back communitarian ventures.