Jeremiah Morton

Jeremiah Morton ( born September 3, 1799 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, † November 28, 1878 in Orange County, Virginia ) was an American politician. He was the younger brother of Florida's U.S. Senator Jackson Morton.


As a child, Morton attended a private school, later he went from 1814 to 1815 at the Washington College. He then graduated in 1819 from the College of William & Mary. He then studied law and was finally admitted to the bar. He opened a law practice in Raccoon Ford, Virginia.

Morton later had to give up his job as a lawyer because of an illness and worked subsequently in agriculture. He was in 1848 elected as a Whig in the House of Representatives of the United States. There he worked 1849-1851. When he lost re-election in 1850, he returned to farming. He was also a member of the 1861 Virginia Secession Convention. He was also a trustee of the Theological Seminary of Virginia in Alexandria.

Jeremiah Morton died on November 28, 1878 on the estate Lessland. He was buried in his home country Morton Hall in Orange County.