United States Congressman from Massachusetts
Governor of Massachusetts
(1784-1864) Born in East Freetown, Mass., he graduated from Brown University in 1804. He studied law at Tapping Reeve's law school in Litchfield, Connecticut where he was a schoolmate of John C. Calhoun, who served as a mentor and friend for many years. He was admitted to the Norfolk County bar in 1807, and opened a practice in Taunton, Mass. Was clerk of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1811. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1817-21. He was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1824-25; and Acting Governor of Massachusetts, 1825; Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1825-40; Governor of Massachusetts, 1840-41, and 1843-44. In 1845, President James K. Polk appointed Morton collector of the port of Boston, and served from 1845-49. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853 and was a member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1858.
Antique portrait engraving with his name and state printed below his likeness, "Marcus Morton of Massachusetts." Engraved by J & H.G. Langley, New York. 4 1/8 x 7. Tipped to 6 x 9 1/4 album page with black ink border around the engraving. Circa mid 1800's.