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Paul Morton

Paul Morton
36th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
July 1, 1904 – June 30, 1905
Preceded by William H. Moody
Succeeded by Charles J. Bonaparte
Personal details
Born (1857-05-22)May 22, 1857
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 19, 1911(1911-02-19) (aged 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Profession Politician, Businessman

Paul Morton (May 22, 1857 – February 19, 1911) was a U.S. businessman, and served as the 36th Secretary of the Navy under Theodore Roosevelt.

Biography

He served as the Secretary of Navy between 1904 and 1905. Previous to this, he had been vice president of the Santa Fe Railroad. When it came to light that the Santa Fe had given illegal rebates under Morton, he was forced out of the cabinet to avoid scandal, though Roosevelt maintained that Morton himself was unaware of the improprieties. After leaving government service, Morton was President of Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and growing up in Nebraska City, Nebraska, he was the younger brother of Joy Morton, founder of Morton Salt, and the son of Julius Sterling Morton, who had served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland. Though his father was a "Bourbon" (i.e. conservative) Democrat, Paul Morton was a Progressive Republican. This shift of party by father/son cabinet secretaries is paralleled by that of Henry Cantwell Wallace, who served as a Progressive Republican Secretary of Agriculture under [[

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