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William Morse (1868 - 1932)

Charlotte native William Morse was born on September 27, 1868. He was the son of Richard Morse who owned a marble yard at 210 South Tryon Street. Over the years, William Morse operated his studio with two partners, W. Carson Davis (1909-1910) and William Thomas Lindsay in 1918. (1)  By 1920, Morse purchased the Photo Shop from Jonathan Cushman.Morse worked right up until his death on May 24, 1932.  (2) He died of a heart failure at the age of 64 while riding in an automobile with another Charlotte photographer, Luther Philaman. (3)

Interior view of the 1903 Carnegie Library at 310 North Tryon Street by Morse.  (Imperial Print - Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Library Archvies, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)

An Imperial Card is an albumen print mounted on a 8 ¼ x 9 7/8 piece of cardboard.

Below is an advertisement from the The Caduceus, June 15, 1918, p. 11.

To see other photographs, click on the tag below, "Charlotte Photgraphers."

  1. Charlotte, North Carolina City Directory, 1918, p. 364.
  2.  Miller’s Charlotte, North Carolina City Directory, 1920, p. 218.
  3.  The Charlotte News, 24 May 1932, p. 1-A.