Morton, J. Sterling

TLS while Secretary of Agriculture on “Plant Trees” letterhead

Price: $40.00

Description:
(1832-1902) Appointed Secretary of Nebraska Territory by President Buchanan July 12, 1858-1861; Acting Governor Dec. 5, 1858-May 2, 1859. Among his significant achievements was the founding of Arbor Day. Nebraska State Board of Agriculture in 1872 adopted Morton's resolution setting April 10 as Arbor Day, to plant trees, and to offer a prize to the person who properly planted the most trees. Governor Furnas issued 1874 proclamation asking Nebraskans to observe Arbor Day. April 22, 1885, Morton's birthday, was designated as Arbor Day by the state legislature, a state legal holiday until 1989 when by legislative action the holiday was changed to the last Friday in April. Morton was appointed Secretary of Agriculture by President Cleveland, serving 1893-97. He helped change that department into a coordinated service to farmers, and supported Cleveland in setting up national forest reservations. In 1937, the state of Nebraska donated a bronze statue of Morton to the National Statuary Hall Collection at the US Capitol. One son, Joy, founded Morton Salt Company in Chicago. Another son, Paul, was Secretary of the Navy under President Theodore Roosevelt 1904 –05. TLS on 8 x 5 green “Plant Trees” letterhead, Washington, April 23 1894 (day after Nebraska's Arbor Day state holiday), to Commissioner of Pensions, enclosing (not here) letter from a man relative to his sister’s pension claim, hopes Commissioner can “…determine this matter at an early day.”

Condition: Very good, faint red docket stamp remnants top & bottom, pin holes top center; 3 letters in signature slightly blurred
Type:Letter






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