Levi Parsons Morton
22nd U.S. Vice-President
Who was Levi Parsons Morton?
Levi Morton was a New York politician. He served as the 22nd Vice President of the United States and later as the 31st Governor of New York. In 1880, Republican presidential nominee James Garfield asked Levi Morton to be his running mate. Morton turned him down. Garfield would go on to become President and had Morton been his running mate, he would have succeeded as President after Garfield was assassinated. Instead, Levi Morton accepted a post as Minister to France. Ironically, Garfield's assassin Charles Guiteau reportedly killed Garfield after being rejected for the same post. A year later as Minister to France, Levi Morton would place the first rivet into the Statue of Liberty while it was being constructed in Paris.
Levi Morton is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins. His U.S. Presidential kin include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, William H. Taft, Franklin Pierce, Gerald Ford, James Garfield, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He also kinship to the current royal family through connections to the late Princess Diana.
Levi Morton had a number of celebrities in his family tree including, but not limited to, S.I. swimsuit model Kate Upton, actors John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, and actresses Lillian Gish, Katharine Hepburn, Glen Close, and Sally Field. Historical figures that have family connections to Levi Morton are banker J.P. Morgan, Whirlpool founder Frederick Upton, Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale
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