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Marcus Morton

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Marcus Morton

16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts

    Marcus Morton

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    • 1st Generation
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • Birth Date:
    • 19 Feb 1784 
    • Birth Location:
    • East Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts 
    • Christening Date:
    • Christening Location:
    • Death Date:
    • 6 Feb 1864 
    • Death Location:
    • Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts 
    • Burial Date:
    • Burial Location:
    • Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts 
    • Notes: 
    • 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts

      Marcus Morton was an American lawyer and politician who served as the Governor of Massachusetts for two non-consecutive terms in the mid-19th century. He was born on April 19, 1784, in East Freetown, Massachusetts, and was the son of a prominent local judge.

      Morton studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1810. He quickly established a successful legal practice and became involved in state politics, serving as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives and as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He briefly became the acting Governor after the death of Governor William Eustis in 1825. Morton followed that by serving 15 years as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

      In the 1840s, Morton would be elected to two non-consecutive terms as Governor of Massachusetts. During his second term, he advocated for education reform and supported the construction of new railroads throughout the state. After leaving office, Morton remained involved in politics and continued to practice law until his death on February 6, 1864.

  • Marriages for Marcus Morton

    • Spouse:
    • Charlotte Hodges
    • Marriage Date:
    • 23 Dec 1787
    • Marriage Location:
    • Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts

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  • Sources for Marcus Morton

    • 1 Biographical History and Portrait Gallery of Scott County, Iowa, Chicago and New York: American Biographical Publishing Company (1895), 118.
    • 5 Hodges, Almon D., Jr., Genealogical Record of the Hodges Family of New England, Ending December 31, 1894, 3rd Edition, Boston: Printed for the family by Frank H. Hodges (1896), 249-251.
    • 6 Hurd, D. Hamilton, History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneer and Prominent Men, Vol. 1, Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis and Co. (1888), lvii.
    • 7 Hurd, D. Hamilton, comp., History of Bristol County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis and Company (1883), 26.
    • 8 Knowlton, George Henry, Errata and Addenda to Dr. Stocking's History and Genealogy of the Knowltons of England and America, Boston, Massachusetts: The Everett Press Company (1903), 138.