MORTON, Levi Parsons

MORTON, Levi Parsons
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1824–1920

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The New York Public Library
Manuscripts & Archives Section

New York, NY
Papers: 1842-1920, 12 linear feet. The collection consists of correspondence, family papers, speeches, biographical materials, political memorabilia, photographs, and scrapbooks. Subjects covered in the correspondence include civil reform, Levi Morton's political campaigns, Levi Morton's service as Minister to France, and his activities as businessman, banker, congressman, vice-president, and governor. Also includes correspondence with his wives, Lucy K. Morton and Anna Livingston Morton. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Copley Press, Inc.
J.S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1896, 1 item. A letter from Levi P. Morton to Magnus Robinson written on September 21, 1896.

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: 1843-1849, approximately 30 items. Photostatic and microform copies of correspondence between Levi P. Morton and members of his family, chiefly with his father, Daniel O. Morton. Originals and typescripts are in the New York Public Library.
Papers: 1896, 1-1/2 pages. A letter from Governor Levi P. Morton to Magnus Robinson. The letter includes discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Papers: 1847, 1 page. A report of a meeting of the Dartmouth Religious Society held on March 1, 1847. The report discusses the appointments of Dr. Crosby, Russell Smith, and A.B. Closson, in order to raise additional funds for the pastor's salary and will confer with the Trustees.

Marietta College
Manuscript Collection, Dawes Memorial Library

Marietta, OH
Papers: 1884, 1 page. A letter of introduction for William F. Dana, from A.J. Warner to Levi P. Morton.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: n.d., 2 pages. A letter from Levi P. Morton to Colonel Cole concerning a man who wishes to have an honorable discharge, even though he was dismissed.

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: In the William Henry Smith Papers, 1800-1896, 9.25 cubic feet. Other authors include Levi P. Morton.

State University of New York at Buffalo
The Poetry/Rare Books Collection

Buffalo, NY
Papers: In the Thomas B. Lockwood Collection, 1879-1908, 4 items. Includes correspondence with Freding Inglex, George Hughes, Garret J. Benson, and to an individual addressed as "Wolan."

Syracuse University
Manuscript Collections, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections

Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1860-1912, 0.5 linear foot. Includes mostly incoming correspondence from clergymen, educators, financiers, journalists, and politicians. Some letters are addressed to Levi Morton's executive secretary, Ashley W. Cole. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1876, 1 item. A letter from Levi P. Morton to U.S. Grant, December 28, 1876. The letter is a recommendation for Grosvenor P. Lowery and Judge Dittenhoefer.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Boyd, James Penny. Biographies of Harrison and Morton. Philadelphia: Franklin News Co., 1888.

Harney, Gilbert L. The Lives of Benjamin Harrison and Levi P. Morton. Providence, R.I.: J.A. and R.A. Reid, 1888.

Leach, Josian Granville. Memoranda Relating to the Ancestry and Family of Hon. Levi Parsons Morton. Cambridge, Mass.: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1894.

McElroy, Robert M. Levi Parsons Morton: Banker, Diplomat and Statesman. London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1975.

Morton, Levi Parsons. Immigration. Its national character, and importance to the industries and prosperity of the country. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1880.

------. Public Papers of Levi P. Morton, Governor. Albany: Weed-Parsons Printing Company, 1896

Testimonial to Vice-President Levi P. Morton, upon his retirement from office on March 4, 1893. [Concord, N.H.: Monitor Press, 1893].

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