In an encore of “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Allison Chisolm, author of The Inventive Life of Charles Hill Morgan: The Power of Improvement in Industry, Education and Civic Life. This episode aired originally on November 7, 2015.
A man of deep convictions, quiet generosity and constant curiosity about new ideas and the world, Charles Hill Morgan was far from the "starchy Puritan" that his grandchildren recalled. When he learned how to use specialized drafting tools in the 1840s, his professional-grade compass precisely centered measurements for foundations and steam engines. His mastery of these tools led to a future of vast new possibilities.
Morgan’s life reflected a strong moral compass, centered on church, family and service to others while running a Philadelphia paper bag business, overseeing the world’s largest producer of barbed wire, and then founding his own steel rolling mill company in Worcester. His life journey serves to personalize the early development and subsequent successes of the American industrial revolution -- a time in history when the power of ideas coupled with mechanical ability fueled those with a strong desire to find new solutions to old problems.