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Morris Hacker, Jr. (1866-1947)

University Affiliation:
  • Class of 1886
  • Member of his class baseball, cricket, football, lacrosse and tennis teams
  • A model for Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion studies
Biographical Summary:
  • Civil engineer

 

Morris Hacker, Jr. (October 29, 1866 - March 3, 1947) entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1882. He was the son of Morris Hacker and Isabel Wetherill.

Not much is recorded about Hacker's athletic pursuits at University if Pennsylvania as a freshman. During his sophomore year, however, he is known to have been very active in athletics, serving on the class teams for football, baseball, tennis and lacrosse and as a member of the Class of 1886 Lacrosse Club. He also joined the Zeta Psi fraternity during his sophomore year.

During his junior year, Hacker was a substitute on the University baseball team and a member of the class teams for football, baseball, cricket and lacrosse. He also joined the Class of 1886 Tennis Club. In his senior year he was the member of the Class of 1886 Racket Club as well as of his class football team.

As an undergraduate, Hacker also served as one of the models for Eadweard Muybridge's landmark study, Animal Locomotion.

Matriculating in the Towne School of Sciences but leaving the college before the end of his senior year, he became a civil engineer. His professional life included the positions of Chief Engineer of the Ohio Railway and Electric Company, and Superintendent of County Roads as well as Building Inspector in Washington, D.C. An Orthodox Quaker, he served as a member of the Appeal Division of the Registration Board, Washington, D.C. during World War I.

 

REFERENCES:
This page was compiled in February 2005 by Ashish Shrestha, C '08
from yearbooks, Alumni Record files, and the University Archives Photograph Collection

Photograph of Morris Hacker, Jr. '86, as a student

 

 

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