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  Morton, Julius Sterling
NameJulius Sterling Morton
Nebraska City, Nebraska , United States
Born April 22, 1832
DiedApril 27, 1902 (70 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 19, 2015 04:33pm
InfoJulius Sterling Morton (April 22, 1832 – April 27, 1902) was born in Adams, New York. His family migrated west; Morton was raised in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan. After receiving his diploma in 1854, he moved with his bride to Nebraska Territory and staked a claim in Nebraska City. There he edited a newspaper, became a successful farmer, helped survey the city, and was active in territorial politics. He served in the territorial legislature from 1855 to 1856 and from 1856 to 1858, and he was appointed secretary of the territory from 1858 to 1861.

Respected as an agriculturalist, he sought to instruct people in the modern techniques of farming and forestry. Among his most significant achievements was the founding of Arbor Day. He became well known in Nebraska for his political, agricultural, and literary activities and served with distinction as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture. He is credited with helping change that department into a coordinated service to farmers, and he supported Cleveland in setting up national forest reservations.

In 1897 Morton planned and began to edit the multivolume Illustrated History of Nebraska. He also published a weekly periodical, The Conservationist. He died on April 27, 1902, in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he was seeking health treatment. His home in Nebraska City is now a state park, the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum.

In 1937, the state of Nebraska donated a bronze statue of Morton to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection. Morton is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame.



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  11/06/1888 NE - District 01 Lost 44.69% (-5.16%)
  11/04/1888 NE US Senate Lost 0.76% (-77.86%)
  11/04/1884 NE Governor Lost 43.15% (-11.38%)
  11/07/1882 NE Governor Lost 32.07% (-16.76%)
  06/02/1866 NE Governor Lost 49.36% (-1.01%)
  02/24/1861 NE Territorial Governor - Acting Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1860 NE Territorial Delegate Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  12/05/1858 NE Territorial Governor - Acting Won 100.00% (+100.00%)