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Levi Parsons Morton

Birthplace: Shoreham, VT, USA
Death: Died in Rhinebeck, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Daniel Oliver Morton and Lucretia Morton
Husband of Lucy Young Morton and Anna Livingston Reade Morton
Father of 1 Morton; Edith Livingston Eustis; Lena Kearny Rutherford; Helen Stuyvesant De Talleyrand; Lewis Parsons Morton and 2 others
Brother of David Oliver Morton and Mary Grinnell

Occupation: 22nd Vice President of the United States, Diplomat, politician, real estate investor
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Levi Morton, 22nd Vice President of the USA


Levi Parsons Morton (May 16, 1824 – May 16, 1920) was a Representative from New York and the 22nd Vice President of the United States. He also later served as the 31st Governor of New York.

MORTON, Levi Parsons, a Representative from New York and a Vice President of the United States; born in Shoreham, Addison County, Vt., May 16, 1824; attended the public schools and Shoreham Academy; clerk in a general store in Enfield, Mass., 1838-1840; taught school in Boscawen, N.H., in 1840 and 1841; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Hanover, N.H., in 1845; moved to Boston in 1850; entered the dry-goods business in New York City in 1854; engaged in banking in New York City in 1863; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; was appointed by President Rutherford Hayes honorary commissioner to the Paris Exhibition of 1878; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1879, until his resignation, effective March 21, 1881; United States Minister to France 1881-1885.

Elected Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket with Benjamin Harrison and served from March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1893; Governor of New York 1895-1897; was an investor in real estate; died in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, N.Y., on May 16, 1920; interment in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M001018

Morton retired from politics and returned to his banking career, organizing the Morton Trust Company. In 1909, when Morton was in his eighties, an offer came from J.P. Morgan to merge the Morton bank into the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Morton deeply regretted that, as a result of the merger, the company bearing his name was retired from the business world. L.P. Morton died on his ninety-sixth birthday in 1920, already a long-forgotten name in both banking and politics. http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Levi_Morton.htm

Levi Morton Parsons was 22nd U.S. Vice President (1889-1893) under President Benjamin Harrison.

For interesting information about Vice President Levi Parsons Morton, see


Levi Parsons Morton was first ask to be a Vice Presidential running mate by James A. Garfield, but Morton asked to be his British or French Ambassador and was so appointed French Ambassador in 1881 after Garfield won the presidency, so Chester A. Arthur became the running mate, then President Garfield was assassinated by someone who wanted to be the French Ambassador. Later, Morton was elected Vice President anyway under Benjamin Harrison in 1988. He was Governor of New York 1895-1896.

Vice President Levi Parsons Morton, First Lady Bess Truman, and actors John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are descendants of their Great Grandparents Mary (Bliss) and Cornet Joseph Parsons.

The Cousin connections for the Siblings Mary (Bliss) Parsons, such as John Bliss and thus to descendants like Floyd Bliss Hanson, to these notable people pivot around the common Great Grandparents Thomas and Margaret (Hulins) Bliss of Hartford.

Levi Morton Parsons and Floyd Bliss Hanson are 6th Cousins 3 Times Removed.

The American generational descent from Thomas Bliss of Hartford to Vice Present Levi Parsons Morton is

Gen. 1: Thomas of Hartford and Margaret (Hulins) Bliss; Gen. 2: Mary (Bliss) and Cornet Joseph Parsons; Gen. 3: Joseph Jr. and Elizabeth (Strong) Parsons; Gen. 4: Ebenezer and Mercy (Stebbins) Parsons; Gen. 5: Benjamin and Rebecca (Sheldon) Parsons; Gen. 6: Rev. Justin and Electra (Frary) Parsons; Gen. 7: Lucretia (Parsons) and Daniel Oliver Morton; Gen. 8: Vice President Levi Parsons and Anna Livingston Reade (Street) Morton.

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Levi Morton, 22nd Vice President of the USA's Timeline

May 16, 1824
Shoreham, VT, USA
June 20, 1874
Age 50
Newport, RI, USA
May 20, 1875
Age 51
August 2, 1876
Age 52
Age 52
March 23, 1878
Age 53
June 11, 1881
Age 57
- 1885
Age 56
United States
- 1893
Age 64
United States