MORTON, Rogers Clark Ballard

MORTON, Rogers Clark Ballard
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1914–1979

Biography

MORTON, Rogers Clark Ballard, (brother of Thruston B. Morton), a Representative from Maryland; born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., September 19, 1914; attended the public schools and Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Va.; A.B., Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1937; engaged in food business, 1938-1951 with exception of military service; served in Armored Field Artillery, United States Army, from private to captain, 1941-1945, and served in the European Theater; president of Ballard and Ballard Co., 1947-1951; farmer and beef cattle feeding operator, Talbot County, Md.; delegate, floor manager, Republican National Convention, 1968; chairman, Republican National Committee, April 1969 to January 1971; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress; reelected to the four succeeding Congresses, and served until his resignation on January 29, 1971 (January 3, 1963-January 29, 1971); Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President Gerald R. Ford, January 29, 1971-April 30, 1975; Secretary of Commerce from May 1, 1975, to February 2, 1976; Counsellor to President Gerald R. Ford, with cabinet rank for economic and domestic policy matters from February 3, 1976, to March 30, 1976; chairman of President Ford's campaign committee from March 30, 1976, to November 2, 1976; retired from politics and engaged in boat building on his farm at Presqu'ile, near Easton, Md., where he died April 19, 1979; interment in Old Wye Cemetery, Wye Mills, Md.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Kentucky Libraries
Division of Special Collections and Archives, The Wendell H. Ford Research Center and Public Policy Archives

Lexington, KY
Papers: 1939-1976, 171 cubic feet. The papers contain the office files of Louisville, Kentucky, native Rogers Morton while he served as a member of Congress from Maryland, Republican National Committee Chairman (1969-1971), Secretary of the Interior and Commerce, and advisor to the presidential campaign of Gerald R. Ford. The papers contain correspondence, photographs, oral histories, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. These papers provide valuable information on the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. A published guide is available in the library and online.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1975-1976, 2.4 linear feet. The papers document the work of Rogers Morton and his assistant, Timothy Austin, in advising the President in the period between February and April 1976. As a Counselor to the President, Morton often advised the President on a variety of issues, but his files focus on political affairs, especially White House liaison with the Republican National Committee and the President Ford Committee and the Ford - Reagan contest for the Republican presidential nomination. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts and Archives Department

Greenville, DE
Papers: In the Crawford H. Greenewalt Papers, 1948-1992, 44 linear feet. Subjects include Rogers Morton. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Horace M. Albright Papers, 1955-1971, 1 box. The papers include photocopies of letters from Wallace L. Cadwallader and Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton from 1971.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

U. S. Congress. Senate. Interior Nomination; Hearings, Ninety-second Congress, lst Session, on the Nomination of Hon. Rogers C. B. Morton to Be Secretary of the Interior; Jan. 25 and 26, 1971. 92nd Cong., 1st sess., 1971. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1971.

U. S. Congress. Senate. Nominations; March-April Hearings Before the Committee, U.S. Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, lst Session, on Nominations of March 21, 1975; John B. Robson to Be a Member of the Civil Aeronautics Board; April 24, 1975; Rogers C. B. Morton to be Secretary, Department of Commerce. 94th Cong., 1st sess., 1975. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1975.

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