Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920)
Pastel on paper
Overall: 36 x 29 in. ( 91.4 x 73.7 cm ) frame: 47 3/4 x 41 x 3 1/4 in. ( 121.3 x 104.1 x 8.3 cm )
inscriptions: Signed and dated, left center (v. P. of U.S. 1889-93 and gov. of N.Y. 1895-96. gift of the ?.. L. Banker, 1939)
Signed and inscribed at lower left in pastel: "G. Gerhard. / N.Y. 1886"
A native of Vermont, the subject worked in Hanover, N.H., and Boston before moving to New York, where he became head of the wholesale house of Morton, Grinnell and Co. in 1855. He became active in Republican party politics in the 1870s and served in Congress from 1878-80. President James Garfield named him minister to France in 1881, and he lived in Paris until 1885. He was elected vice-president on the ticket with Benjamin Harrison in 1888, and from 1895 to 1897 was governor of New York.
Gift of the Estate of Florence L. Barker
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