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Levi P. Morton:
A Vice Presidential Unit

Levi P. Morton was born on May 16, 1824 in Addison County, Vermont. As the son of a minister, he gained his early experience as a merchant and later became a partner in a dry goods store. In 1863, he established the banking house of L.P. Morton and Company. He later served as an intermediary between president Ulysses S. Grant and British representative for negotiations over the Alabama claims. In 1879, he became the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 11th district. Then from 1881–1885, he became the United States Minister to France and served as the 31st governor of New York from January 1, 1895 – December 31, 1896. In March 4, 1889, he became the 22nd Vice President of the United States. In May 16, 1920, at age 96, he died in Rhinebeck, New York.

Political Party: Republican

Years Served: March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893

President: Benjamin Harrison

Name of his parents: Daniel Oliver Morton and Lucretia Parsons

Wife’s name: First - Lucy Young Kimball Second - Anna Livingston Reade Street

State of Birth: Vermont

Trivia Questions:

1. How many wives did he have?

2. In what country did he became a U.S. Minister?

3. Who replaced him on the Republican ticket in 1892?
Whitelaw Reid

Of Note:

-His father was a Congregationalist minister of old New England stock.
-His brother was a Mayor of Toledo, Ohio from 1849 to 1850.
-He once worked as a clerk in a general store.


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