Born July 3, 1873 in New York City, Morgan boxed as an amateur before turning professional in 1894. However, after getting knocked out, he retired from the ring and became a boxing manager. Facetiously dubbed “Dumb Dan” by TAD Dorgan, sports editor of The New York Journal, because of his loquacity, Morgan is one of boxing's great managers and most colorful characters.
Among the hundreds of men he guided in his eventful career include KO Brown, middleweight champion Al McCoy and world light heavyweight champion Battling Levinsky. Morgan is best known for his work with Hall of Famer Jack Britton, whom he developed into welterweight champion of the world. Morgan also set into motion a grueling 20-fight series between Britton and Ted “Kid” Lewis that lasted six years (1915-1921).
After Morgan retired from managing fighters in 1925, his expertise was employed by Mike Jacobs and Jim Norris' International Boxing Club at Madison Square Garden to help with their fight promotions.
In 1948, Morgan was awarded the James J. Walker Award for Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Morgan was 82 when he passed away in his New York home in 1955.
Born: July 3, 1873
Died: July 7, 1955