John Motley Morehead III
1870 – 1965
Spray, NC – Rye, NY
John Motley Morehead III [November 3, 1870 – January 7, 1965]
- Chemist, Inventor, Industrialist, Author, Philanthropist
- University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa 1891
- Awarded an Honorary Doctorate at UNC 1932
Morehead Family Name
- Son of James Turner Morehead [1840 – 1908] and Mary Elizabeth Lily Connally [1842 – 1917]
- Grandson of North Carolina’s 29th Governor, John Motley Morehead [1796 - 1866] and Ann Elizabeth Lindsay [1804 -1868]
- Nephew of John Lindsay Morehead [1833 - 1901] and Sarah Smith Phifer [1835 - 1867]
- Cousin of U. S. Congressman John Motley Morehead II [1866 – 1923]
- Husband of Genevieve Birkoff [1/7/1878 – 4/16/1945], married 1911
- Husband of Leila Duckworth Houghton, [dates unavailable], married 1948
Partial List of Business and Professional Endeavors
- Morehead III was employed at Willson Aluminum Company, Eden [then Spray], NC
- Company founded by Thomas L. Willson and James Turner Morehead
- Willson and Morehead’s efforts to produce aluminum failed!
- James T. Morehead, Willson and Morehead III inadvertently discovered and then developed a new process to manufacture calcium carbide and acetylene!
- Several companies merged to become Union Carbide & Carbon Company 1898.
- Morehead III produced polyethylene, the company’s largest product.
- Company name changed to Union Carbide Corporation 1957
- Morehead III volunteered for World War I. He ranked as a U.S. Army Major.
- He moved to Rye, NY in 1902, Mayor 1925-1930 [3 Terms]
- City is near Union Carbide Corporation Laboratories
- Ambassador to Sweden 1930 – 1933
- Died in Rye, NY and buried in Rye Presbyterian Church Cemetery 1965
Outstanding Donations to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- Morehead-Patterson [Rufus Lenoir Patterson] Bell Tower 1931
- Morehead Foundation for North Carolina Scholars 1945
- Morehead Building including Planetarium and Genevieve B. Morehead Art Gallery 1949
- Tri-City High School 1952; Renamed in honor of John Motley Morehead III 1958
- Football Field House
- Football Stadium South Side Bleachers
- Carillon Chimes
- Steinway Grand Piano in Memory of his wife, Genevieve Birkoff Morehead
John Motley Morehead III:
- Payne, Latala. EDEN SUNDAY NEWS, “Portrait Receives Nameplate,” July 1, 2012.
- Rutland, Aulica. NEWS & RECORD, “A Few Branches of the Morehead Family Tree,” March 5, 2000.
- RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project - http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=caswellcounty&id=I26514
- The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History - http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/vir_museum&CISOPTR=942
- Lists John Motley Morehead (III) [1870 – 1965] as JMM, Jr.
- Governor John Motley Morehead - http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/522/entry/
- Father James Turner Morehead - Greensboro Historical Museum, MSS Collection 8
- Lists John Motley Morehead (III) [1870 – 1965] as JMM II.
- Uncle John Lindsay Morehead - http://www.findagrave.com/cgibin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46841299
- Cousin US Congressman John Motley Morehead (II) [1866-1923], Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8064406
- Thomas Leopold Willson. Princeton, Ontario http://acswebcontent.acs.org/
- Morehead Planetarium - http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&filename=history1.html
- John Motley Morehead High School: Retired faculty members and Leaksville Township Schools administrators - Duane Best, Mott Price, Faye Roberts and Bob Wilkes. Dr. John M. Hough, Jr., son of John M. Hough, Sr., deceased Superintendent of Leaksville Township Schools.
- Confirmation of Information [7-2-12] - Great-Great Niece, Page Nelson Lyon, Annapolis, MD
- Compilation - Gloria T. Best, Morehead High School Duane Best Scholarship Fund, Eden, NC [6-24-12]