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Marcus MORTON

(1784-1864)

MORTON, Marcus, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Freetown, Mass., December 19, 1784; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1804; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession in Taunton, Mass.; clerk of the State senate in 1811; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Sixteenth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventeenth Congress; executive councilor in 1823; elected Lieutenant Governor in 1823; judge of the supreme court 1825-1840; Governor of Massachusetts 1840-1841 and 1843-1844; appointed by President Polk collector of customs in Boston and served from 1845 to 1849; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853; member of the State house of representatives in 1858; died in Taunton, Bristol County, Mass., February 6, 1864; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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