Levi Parsons Morton

Morton, Levi Parsons, 1824–1920, American banker, Vice President of the United States (1889–93), b. Shoreham, Vt. He engaged in business in Hanover, N.Y., and in Boston before organizing (1863) the New York City banking firm of Levi P. Morton and Company—which became one of the more important financial organizations in the country. He became interested in politics and served as a U.S. Representative (1879–81) and as minister to France (1881–85) before he was elected (1888) Vice President on the Republican party ticket along with President Benjamin Harrison. He was later (1895–97) governor of New York.

See biography by R. M. McElroy (1930).

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