Biography of Henry C. Morton



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Morton, Henry C., son of Eleazer and Joanna (Cotton) Morton, was born in Genesee Co., N. Y., Jan. 27, 1817. He attended the dist.rict school at home, and in 1834 came to Michigan with his parents. Upon his arrival at manhood he became interested, with his father, in the development of Benton Harbor, with which place he has since been prominently identified. His father once remarked, "Henry lived with me until I lived with him." One half the property of the father was deeded to the son, the former retaining the remainder until his death, although the affairs of the farm were managed by Henry during the last few years of his father's life. Henry C. Morton was married, Feb. 8, 1848, to Josephine Stanley, of Bainbridge, a native of Le Roy, Genesee Co., N. Y. Four children were born, of whom but one, James S., is now living. He is a member of the steamboat firm of Graham, Morton & Co. Mrs. Morton died Aug. 1, 1859. Mr. Morton still resides on the old homestead, and has been prominent in politics as well as in other connections. In 1863 he was the representative from this district in the State Legislature. The famous "Cincinnati Peach Orchard" was upon leased land belonging to Mr. Morton.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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