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At a young age, Morton knew he loved newspapers and nature.
He pursued these passions throughout his life
and is today known for both.
Source — NSHS.
J. Sterling Morton was born April 22, 1832 in Adams, New York. Morton, along with Robert Furnas, was the co-founder of Arbor Day. Morton also served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1893 to 1896.
J. Sterling Morton and Robert Furnas are both
in the Nebraska Hall of Fame
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and all the Hall of Fame members.
After finishing school at the University of Michigan, Morton married his school sweetheart, Carrie Joy French in 1854. They left for the Nebraska Territory on the day of their marriage. Source — NSHS.
Morton and his wife, Carrie, settled in Nebraska City where he became the editor of the Nebraska News. His life-long interest in writing and publishing began in his grandfather's newspaper office in Michigan.
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