Morton, J. Sterling

“Plant Trees” card signed by the founder of Arbor Day while Secretary of Agriculture

Price: $25.00

Description:
(1832-1902) Appointed Secretary of Nebraska Territory by President Buchanan 1858-1861, Acting Governor Dec. 5, 1858-May 2, 1859. Among his achievements was the founding of Arbor Day. Nebraska State Board of Agriculture in 1872 adopted his 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. As President Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture 1893-97, helped change department into a coordinated service to farmers, and supported Cleveland in setting up national forest reservations. In 1937, Nebraska donated a bronze statue of Morton to the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol. His son Joy founded Morton Salt Company in Chicago; son Paul was Navy Secretary 1904–05 under President Theodore Roosevelt. 2 ¼ x 3 ¾ card with green engraved tree and “plant trees” logo, signed and dated January 30 1896 at lower left while Cleveland's Agriculture Secretary.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed card






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