Biography of John H. Morton
Columbiana County, OH

John H. Morton, a successful and well known business man of East Liverpool, was born at Smiths Ferry, Pa., March 23, 1873, and is the son of George C. and Susan (Fisher) Morton.

George C. Morton, deceased, ranked among the prominent business men of East Liverpool for many years. He was born at Manchester, Pa., on October 23, 1833. His wife was born near Ohioville, in Beaver County, Pa., Sept. 17, 1843, and died July 20, 1889. Mr. Morton served throughout the Civil War and after his discharge from the army became interested in the oil business in Pennsylvania. Later he engaged in the general mercantile business and conducted stores at Smithsbury, Frederiekstown, and Island Run, Pa. After disposing of these interests in 1874 he removed to East Liverpool and engaged in the cooperage business for 20 years. He died July 16, 1900, and with his wife is buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool. To Mr. and Mrs. Morton four children were born: William, married May Scott, Rich Hill, Mo., both deceased, and they have a son, William, who lives in New York city; Laura B., the widow of Charles H. Murphy, lives in Salem, Ohio; John H., the subject of this sketch; and Georgia May, who lives in Salem, Ohio.

John H. Morton grew up in East Liverpool and received his education in the public schools. He began his business career in the jewelry store of W. J. McKinney and later graduated from Parsons Horological Institute at Peoria, Ill., and the Kandiler Engraving School, Chicago. Upon his return to East Liverpool he was associated with W. D. Wade until the establishment of his present business in 1901. Mr. Morton conducts one of the finest jewelry businesses in the county and carries high grade merchandise exclusively.

John H. Morton was married to Miss Mabel McIntosh a native of Wellsville and a daughter of A. D. and Rebecca (McKenzie) McIntosh. Mr. McIntosh is deceased. He was a well known shoe dealer of Wellsville and East Liverpool. His widow resides with Mr. and Mrs. Morton.

Mr. Morton is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, is a 32nd degree Mason, and belongs to the Shrine, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, East Liverpool Country Club and the Isaac Walton Club of America. He is esteemed throughout his community as a reliable man.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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