Edwin Morgan was a native of Scotland County and the impact of his life upon his hometown is both far-ranging and long lasting. For almost fifty years, until his death in 1972, he was president of Morgan Mills. He was also president of Morgan-Jones Inc., until their sale in 1963. His business acumen and moral influence were quietly applied to the betterment of Laurinburg, marked especially by the attraction of a new college in the late fifties and the subsequent industrial growth of the area.
There was a large competition among nineteen towns and cities in eastern North Carolina for the location for a new Consolidated Presbyterian College, and it was finally decided that it would be built in Laurinburg with a pledge of 820 acres of land, and additional financial support, for a combined total of $3 million. This interest in Christian higher education was a natural outgrowth of his earlier service as a trustee and chairman of the board of Flora Macdonald College. His generous support of St. Andrews continues beyond his life through the Morgan Foundation which he established, and through the leadership of his son, James L. Morgan, a member of the board of trustees.