Nebraska Hall of Fame: J. Sterling Morton

"Other holidays repose upon the past. Arbor Day proposed for the future."
 - J Sterling Morton

Father of Arbor Day 

J. Sterling Morton (1832 - 1902) came to the Nebraska Territory in 1854 and spent a winter in Bellevue before moving to Nebraska City. While in Nebraska, he was an editor, farmer, and worked in politics. 

Morton served as Secretary of the Territory from April 1858 - May 1861 while serving as Acting Governor from December 1858 - May 1859. 

President Grover Cleveland also appointed him Secretary of Agriculture in 1893. 

Morton was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1975 - 76. 


Other Resources:

Julius Sterling Morton - manuscript finding aid 

Recollection of Morton 

     (A short column discussing a reminiscence of Morton)

Earth Day, Arbor Day and Morton 

A Proposed Arboreal Bureau 

"Was J. Sterling Morton a Racist?"

"Would Morton sacrifice his mother for political gain?"

Christmas Tree Opposition 

     Morton's War on Christmas Trees 

Morton's Praise of Corn 

Morton on Economy 


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