|Carte-de-visite, Moses & Bros., ca. 1882. Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
MORTON, Levi Parsons, a Representative from New York and a Vice President of the United
States; born in Shoreham, Addison County, Vt., May 16, 1824; attended the
public schools and Shoreham Academy; clerk in a general store in Enfield,
Mass., 1838-1840; taught school in Boscawen, N.H., in 1840 and 1841; engaged in
mercantile pursuits in Hanover, N.H., in 1845; moved to Boston in 1850; entered
the dry-goods business in New York City in 1854; engaged in banking in New York
City in 1863; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth
Congress; was appointed by President Rutherford Hayes honorary commissioner to
the Paris Exhibition of 1878; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and
Forty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1879, until his resignation,
effective March 21, 1881; United States Minister to France 1881-1885; elected
Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket with Benjamin
Harrison and served from March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1893; Governor of New York
1895-1897; was an investor in real estate; died in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County,
N.Y., on May 16, 1920; interment in the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
Levi Parsons Morton: Banker, Diplomat, and Statesman. 1930.
Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1975.