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Jackson's Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans: Morse

• Born in New Jersey

• Nathan Morse studied law under Colonel Aaron Ogden, a future Governor of New Jersey and a relative of Captain Peter V. Ogden

• Admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court, March 5, 1813

• Private, Captain Peter V. Ogden’s Company of Orleans Dragoons, Battle of New Orleans, 1814-1815

• Recorder for the City of New Orleans, 1828-1833 – During the administration of Mayor Denis Prieur, the eighth Mayor of New Orleans, Morse was elected City Recorder

• Lieutenant Colonel, Militia

• Morse remained a supporter of Major General Andrew Jackson, serving on the General Committee for Jackson’s visit to New Orleans on the 13th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1828

• Morse’s wife Martha was the daughter of Judge Edward Church Nicholls and aunt of Louisiana Governor Francis T. Nicholls

• Isaac Edward Morse (1809-1866), his only son, served as United States Representative from Louisiana, 1844-1851

• Died in a steamboat accident on the Mississippi River, October 30, 1833, attempting “to save a young negro boy (who had accompanied him) from drowning.” Morse, Dr. Edward C. “The Morse Family in Louisiana.” The Louisiana Historical Quarterly 7, no. 3 (July 1924): 442.

• Morse is buried in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. 

Top left image: Silhouette of Nathan Morse. Morse, Rev. Abner. Memorial of the Morses. Boston, 1850: Appendix​

Right image: Courtesy of Find A Grave Memorial.

Bottom left image: Natchez Courier and Adams, Jefferson and Franklin Advertiser, Natchez, Mississippi, November 8, 1833.