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Levi P. Morton

Extremely bold signature of Morton on a card

Levi Parsons Morton, 1824–1920.  Vice President of the United States, 1889–1893; Governor of New York, 1895–1896.  Bold signature, Levi P. Morton / March 10, 1895, on a card.

Morton has signed this 2¼” x 3½” card two months into his term as the Governor of New York.  An ally of powerful New York political boss Roscoe Conkling, Morton turned down the Republican vice presidential nomination at Conkling’s urging when James A. Garfield offered it to him in 1880.  But he accepted the nomination to run with Benjamin Harrison in 1888 and served one term as Vice President under Harrison.  He did not seek renomination in 1892, largely because Harrison disliked him, but he won the New York governorship in 1894 and served a term as Governor.

Morton died on his 96th birthday, making him the second-longest living Vice President in American history.  Only John Nance Garner, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first Vice President, who died fifteen days short of his 99th birthday, lived longer.

Morton has signed this card and dated it in dark black ink.  The card has a bit of soiling and an old collector’ number in pencil at the lower left. There are mounting traces in the corners on the back. Overall the card is in fine condition.




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