Jacob Morton (1761-1836)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
inscription: on back (covered when relined): "Genl J. Morton / From the original of H Inman / by SFB Morse. / PNA"
The subject was the son of John Morton, who came to America with the British military forces in 1760, and Maria Sophia (Kemper) Morton of New York. He graduated from Princeton in 1778, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1782. He was one of the original incorporators of the Free School Society of the City of New York in 1805, and served as an officer in the New York State militia. He became a member of N-YHS in 1809. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-granddaughter.
Bequest of Mrs. Emily Ellison Post in memory of her parents, Charles Litchfield Ellison and Harriet E. (Morton) Ellison
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