Arthur E. Morgan

Dayton Walk of Fame: Arthur E. Morgan

Arthur E. Morgan (1878-1975) was the designer and first chief engineer of the Miami Conservancy District. His knowledge of flood control engineering also contributed to the development of the Ohio Conservancy Act of 1914 and established many conservancy districts throughout Ohio. The dry dam system he put in place eventually led to the preservation of large tracts of green space, used by millions for year-round recreation. Early in his career Arthur Morgan deliberately adopted a policy he called conclusive engineering analysis, meaning that it was not enough to find a feasible answer. Every possibility must be explored to find the best solution. His expertise was recognized when President Franklin Roosevelt appointed him to be the first chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Later in life, Morgan served as the President of Antioch College. – Inducted: 1996

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