James Morgan, secretary and treasurer of the United Mine Workers of District No. 22. was born in Vienna, Ohio, on the 8th of November, 1876, his parents being Ed and Margaret (Weir) Morgan. On leaving the Buckeye state the family removed to Colorado and afterward to Wyoming, settling at Glenrock, where they became identified with coal mining interests. The mother is still living and Mr. Morgan also has one brother and one sister surviving.
In the public schools of Colorado and Wyoming, James Morgan pursued his education and in the school of experience has learned many of life's valuable lessons. From the age of sixteen years he followed mining and is therefore familiar with every phase of the business of taking the coal from the ground and preparing it for the market. Moreover, he is thoroughly familiar with existing labor conditions and he believes thoroughly that the interests of the miners must be protected by organized effort. In 1905 he was elected to his present position as secretary and treasurer of the United Mine Workers of District No. 22 and has been nine times reelected to that position in a district which has about eight thousand members, organized in thirty-five local societies.
On the 26th of April, 1904, Mr. Morgan was united in marriage to Miss Anna Begley and to them have been born five sons: Ed, James, Arthur, William and Robert.
Mr. Morgan is a Protestant in religious faith and in politics he maintains an independent course. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masons, having attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He is interested in all that has to do with the welfare and progress of his community and his state and is a public-spirited citizen and highly respected man, enjoying the goodwill and confidence of all with whom he has been associated.