The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 79
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during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The author
had free access to the hitherto inaccessible Morton papers and
from them has constructed a vivid picture of the career of a
remarkable man. Born in New York, reared in Michigan, and
for nearly fifty years a resident of Nebraska, Julius Sterling
Morton was always an uncompromising individualist and a
pronounced conservatist, ever ready to lead a forlorn hope and
to lend the power of his persuasive tongue and trenchant pen
to the cause of minorities in whose principles he believed. From
student days at the University of Michigan, where he flouted
faculty rules and boldly denounced the administration of the
college, to his closing years when he founded a conservative
journal and sought to establish a third party because he de-
plored "the state of a nation which must choose between Bry-
an and McKinley for its chief executive," he was always on the
side of the opposition. Reared in a free state he opposed Lincoln
and his conduct of the war, and, a resident of an agricultural
region, he was hostile toward the Grange and all other farmer
organizations. In a Republican commonwealth he was an ar-
dent free trader, and, while at one time the owner of silver
mines, he was a violent advocate of sound money and the gold
standard in a state which produced the greatest free silver
leader of all time.
Remembering the persistence with which the Great Com-
moner sought the highest office in the gift of the American
people, one who follows the career of Morton as detailed in the
pages of this volume begins to feel that there must be something
in the air of Nebraska which makes its political leaders en-
tirely unable to accept defeat. Despite the fact that he was
appointed Territorial Secretary and much later Secretary of
Agriculture, Morton was never elected to any important pub-
lic office, though he was a candidate for Congress, for the
United States Senate, and again and again for the office of
governor. Yet he seems to have had a far happier life than that
of most leaders of minorities who have perennially suffered
defeat. He was a successful business man, had a delightful
home life, and enjoyed a wide circle of friends; also, he took
great pride in the outstanding success of his four sons. As Sec-
retary of Agriculture his primary objective seems to have been
to save money for the Government, but it was his firm belief
that success in farming as in all else must be achieved by indi-
vidual effort, thrift, and wise business management. He was
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