When I read about something like the Horse Show, my curiosity is immediately aroused, not as much by the show itself as by the people involved. Who was this guy deemed “the life and soul” of the event?
Researching Bar Harbor’s summer set is much easier than researching people I’ve written about in the past like the 18th century merchants of Portland or the early farmers of Franklin County. Bar Harbor’s characters can be found in congressional records, philanthropic tributes and collections of biographical sketches. It wasn’t hard to discover more about Edward DeVeaux Morrell.
Great mustache, isn’t it? During the same years Morrell was busily involved with the Bar Harbor Horse Show and his Mt. Desert Island estate, Robinhood Park, he also served in the United States House of Representatives for the state of Pennsylvania. Morrell was a lawyer by profession, and like his father, he married well. His father, from a relatively modest background himself, had married Ida Alicia Powel, member of a prominent Philadelphia family. Their son, our Bar Harbor Horse Show organizer, increased the family fortune considerably by marrying Louise Bouvier Drexel who brought with her a dowry of millions.