1879-1881, U.S. House of Representatives – Levi Morton


This U.S. House of Representative Levi Morton history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Levi Morton and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Levi Morton was born in Shoreham, Vermont, the son of a Congregational minister.  He taught school and worked in the dry goods business, becoming a successful cotton broker and investment banker.  Morton was elected to the U.S. House and the governorship of New York.  He was appointed as U.S. minister to France in 1881, the same position Charles Guiteau sought.  When Guiteau was not appointed, he assassinated President Garfield later that year.  Morton became the 22nd vice president in 1889.  When his political career ended, he became a real estate investor. Levi Morton died at the age of 96 on May 16, 1920.  He is the only vice president to have died on his birthday.  Morton survived five of his successors in the vice presidency: Adlai Stevenson, Garret Hobart, Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Fairbanks and James Sherman.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

Levi Morton was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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