Biography of Charles H. Morton
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Morton, Charles H., president of the First National Bank of Fairhaven and treasurer of the Fairhaven Institution for Savings, was born in Fairhaven, October 15, 1841, a son of Charles F. and Hannah (Slade) Morton. His father was a cooper and farmer, and a respected citizen of Fairhaven for many years. For some time he was a director of the First National Bank. During his boyhood Mr. Morton attended the schools of his native village, and studied privately. His first business experience was as a carpenter, which trade he began in New Bedford under John M. Foster, and completed in Fall River. He then went to Kingston, N. Y., where he worked at his trade for a short time and then returned to Fairhaven. At the outbreak of the Civil war he was one of the first to enroll his name, joining the 7th Mass. Vols. As this time he was under age and his father, who held Quaker views, protested so strongly with the authorities that he was rejected. In 1862 he reenlisted in Co. D, of the 3d Mass. Vols. under Capt. A. D. Wright and served nine months. Returning at the end of this time he was commissioned second lieutenant and became adjutant for the superintendent of recruiting in Norfolk county, stationed at Readville. He served in this capacity until the organization of the 5Sth Mass. Vols.. in which regiment he was commissioned first lieutenant of Co. G. He served throughout the Grant campaign and in September, 1804, was taken prisoner and held at Libby, Salisbury, N. C., and Danville, Va., until exchanged in February, 1865. Soon after he was commissioned captain of Co. C, of the same regiment, and served until the regiment was mustered out at the close of the war. About this time the oil fever in Pennsylvania was at its height and Captain Morton went to the oil regions, but not being able to gain a satisfactory foothold, returned in afew months. He now engaged in various mercantile pursuits, conducting a real estate business in Boston for some time, and also serving on the State police. In 1873 President Grant appointed him postmaster at Fairhaven and he served his town faithfully in that capacity for a period of fourteen years. In 1878 he became a trustee and member of the board of investment of the Fairhaven Institution for Savings and in June, 1886, was made treasurer of the institution. He is still serving in that capacity. He is also president of the First National Bank, with which he has been connected for a nnmber of years as director and president. Mr. Morton is deeply interested in the welfare and public good of Fairhaven, and has been prominently identified with many pro5ects designed to promote the best interests of the community. He has served for eight years on the School Committee. Mr. Morton has married twice; first, he married Anna M., daughter of Capt. Joseph W. Black, and of this union four children survive: Charles H., jr., Anna B., Linnaeus W. and Helen T. His second wife was Adeline L. Alden, daughter of Seth Alden of Fairhaven. The Morton family is of old Puritan stock, Mr. Morton being ninth of the line of George Morton, who settled in Plymouth in 1623.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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