MORSE, SIDNEY HENRY. Born in Rochester, New York, October 3, 1833.
While still in his boyhood, Mr. Morse was obliged to leave school
to learn the stone-cutter's trade, but love of study spurred
him to supplement his scant schooling by wide reading, and when,
at twenty years of age, he made the acquaintance of the celebrated
Unitarian clergyman, Moncure D. Conway, he was inspired to prepare
himself also for the Unitarian ministry. He became the pastor
of a Unitarian church at Haverhill, Massachusetts, but left this
some time later to edit and publish "The Radical,"
a liberal Unitarian organ. Mr. Morse had also artistic ability
and did some notable work in sculpture, a bust of Emerson
in the Second Church of Boston and of Dr. Channing in Arlington
Street Church, are among his best-known pieces.
This biographical note is reprinted
from The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900. Ed.
Jessie B. Rittenhouse. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1915.