Morton, Levi P.

Card signed by Benj. Harrison’s VP (1889-93), 31st New York Governor, declined to be Garfield’s running mate 1880, placed 1st rivet in Statue of Liberty in 1881 while popular US Minister to France

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(1824-1920) Vermont-born New York US Rep (R), 22nd US Vice 1889–1893 (Benj. Harrison), 31st Governor of New York. Entered dry-goods business in New York City, and engaged in banking there. Unsuccessful 1876 candidate for Congress, but appointed by President Hayes as an honorary commissioner to the Paris Exhibition of 1878. Morton was elected to Congress and served 1879 to his resignation, effective March 21, 1881. 1880 GOP presidential nominee Garfield asked Morton to be his running mate, but Morton declined. Very popular Minister to France 1881-85, helped Franco-American commercial relations and, in Paris on Oct. 24, 1881, placed the 1st rivet in the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Vice President with Benjamin Harrison 1889-93. When Harrison tried to pass the Lodge Bill, an election law enforcing Black voting rights in the South, Morton did little to support the bill against a Senate Democratic filibuster. Harrison blamed Morton for the bill's failure, and, at the 1892 Republican convention, Morton was replaced by Whitelaw Reid as GOP VP candidate; Harrison & Reid lost to Grover Cleveland & Adlai E. Stevenson. While New York Governor 1895-96, he was considered for the 1896 GOP presidential nomination but William McKinley was chosen instead. The Village of Morton Grove, Illinois is named after him. His Newport, Rhode Island mansion, "Fairlawn”, owned by Salve Regina University, houses the Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy. He left property to Newport for a park, now Morton Park. He sold or donated property in Hanover, New Hampshire to Dartmouth College, which built Webster Hall on the land. His summer retreat on Eagle Island in Adirondack Park is now owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA, known as Camp Eagle Island. Signed 2 ½ x 3 ¾ card, likely while VP

Condition: Very Good
Type:Signed Card






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