Paul Morton, U.S. Secretary of the Navy

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Paul Morton

Death: Died
Place of Burial: New York, Bronx, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of J. Sterling Morton, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Caroline Joy Morton
Husband of Charlotte "Lottie" Morton (Goodridge)
Father of Caroline Morton and Pauline Joy Morton
Brother of Joy Sterling Morton and Mark Morton

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About Paul Morton, U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Paul Morton (May 22, 1857 – February 19, 1911) was a U.S. businessman.


He served as the Secretary of Navy between 1904 and 1905. Previous to this, he had been vice president of the Santa Fe Railroad. When it came to light that the Santa Fe had given illegal rebates under Morton, he was forced out of the cabinet to avoid scandal, though Roosevelt maintained that Morton himself was unaware of the improprieties. After leaving government service, Morton was President of Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and growing up in Nebraska City, Nebraska, he was the younger brother of Joy Morton, founder of Morton Salt, and the son of Julius Sterling Morton, who had served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland. Though his father was a "Bourbon" (i.e. conservative) Democrat, Paul Morton was a Progressive Republican. This shift of party by father/son cabinet secretaries is paralleled by that of Henry Cantwell Wallace, who served as a Progressive Republican Secretary of Agriculture under Harding and Coolidge, and his son Henry A. Wallace who served in the same office as a Democrat under Roosevelt.

George Burroughs Torrey painted a portrait of him.

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Paul Morton, U.S. Secretary of the Navy's Timeline

May 22, 1857
June 29, 1884
Age 27
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
April 23, 1887
Age 29
February 19, 1911
Age 53
New York, Bronx, New York, United States