POST, Morton Everel

1840–1933

Biography

POST, Morton Everel, a Delegate from the Territory of Wyoming; born in West Henrietta (near Rochester), Monroe County, N.Y., December 25, 1840; pursued an academic course in the Albion and Medina Academies, New York; moved to Denver, Colo., in 1860 and engaged in the freighting business between the Missouri River and Denver; engaged in mining in Alder Gulch, Mont., in 1864; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864; moved in 1867 to that portion of Dakota which is now Wyoming; county commissioner of Laramie County 1870-1876; member of the Territorial legislative council 1878-1880; engaged in banking and stock raising near Cheyenne, Wyo.; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed banking and stock raising; moved to California in 1895 and engaged in farming and fruit growing near Cucamonga and Alhambra; retired in 1916 and resided in Los Angeles, Calif., until 1928 when he moved to Alhambra, Calif.; died in Alhambra, Calif., March 19, 1933; interment in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Calif.

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

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External Research Collections

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: ca. 1885, 19 leaves. A dictation from Morton E. Post. Topics discussed include his relocation to Denver, Colorado from St. Joseph in 1860; first cattle-driver from Missouri to Colorado, 1863; beef contracting and freighting in Colorado, Montana, and Nebraska; at Cheyenne from 1867, as stationer, stock-raiser, miner, miller, and banker; Territorial delegate to Congress. An attached memorandum describes ranching operations on Pole Creek.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center

Laramie, WY
Papers: In the Post Family Papers, ca. 1826-1915, 0.45 cubic foot. The papers contain mainly correspondence (1851-1910) between the Morton E. Post and members of the his family. Included also are letters to President Grover Cleveland in 1885 and 1886, recommending that Morton Post be appointed as governor of Wyoming Territory. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.
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