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HON. MORGAN SHUIT.
The Shuit family were early residents of Westchester County, Elisha, the father of the subject of this biographical sketch, having been a native of Eastchester, in that county, and born. June 12, 1788. He later removed to Ridgefield, Conn., and engaged in farming pursuits, having married Miss Sallie, daughter of Joseph Mead, Esq., whose birth occurred April 3, 1788. Their children were Joseph M., born in 1810; Morgan, Mary Ann; whose birth occurred in 1815; and Ruth Ann, who died in infancy.
Morgan is a native of Ridgefield, Conn., where his birth occurred Jan. 12, 1812, and where his early years were spent. Mr. Shuit’s educational opportunities were of a very limited character, and his successful and useful career may be attributed in a greater degree to superior qualities of mind and will rather than to early opportunities for culture. He acquired a trade in his New England home, and in 1833 removed to Orange County, where his recent acquirements were made useful. In 1837, mercantile pursuits having presented a more profitable field, he embarked in business at Highland Mills, and continued at this point until 1860. In April, 1867, having relinquished trade, he removed to the farm which is his present home. Mr. Shuit was married to Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Isaac B. Titus, Esq., of Monroe, whose family were of Quaker descent. Their children were Hannah, born in 1847; Mary Ann, whose birth occurred in 1849; William W., born in 1851; Sarah M., born in 1854; Elizabeth T., whose birth occurred in 1856; Harriet T., born in 1860; and Phila M., born in 1862. Mrs. Shuit’s death occurred in 1867, and Mr. Shuit was married a second time, to Miss Phebe B. Titus, sister of his first wife.
The peculiar abilities of Mr. Shuit eminently fitted him for public life, which was also in harmony with his tastes. He was in 1843 elected justice of the peace, which office was held by him for thirty- six consecutive years. In 1849 he was chosen as supervisor of his township, and still holds the office. He was for many years justice of sessions, and was during 1879 and 1880 the representative of his district in the State Legislature. Mr. Shuit has in these positions manifested devotion to duty and marked ability. His constituents discerning this fact, have testified their confidence in the willing suffrages they have accorded him. He was among the most ardent supporters of the government during the late conflict, and personally superintended the raising of recruits and their equipment. His services are much in demand in the adjustment of estates, and in matters involving the amicable settlement of claims. Mr. Shuit is a Republican in politics, having espoused its principles as more closely allied to those of the old Whig doctrines of his early years. He is a liberal supporter of church and school interests, to both of which he has generously contributed.