Levi P. Morton was born in Shoreham Vermont on May 16th, 1824. His father Daniel was a minister in the Congregational Church. After a basic education he dropped out of school and went to work in a dry goods store. He moved around to various states and eventually settled in New York City where he became the leading importer and exporter of Southern cotton and opened a successful bank. During the Civil War he was recruited to negotiate a peace settlement with the British after they…Continue
Thomas A. Hendricks was born in Muskingum County Ohio on September 7th 1819. His father John was a farmer and ran a general store. The family moved to Indiana under the advice of if his uncle William Hendricks who was the U.S. Representative and later Governor of the state. Once the family moved Andrew Jackson appointed John Hendricks Surveyor of Public Lands. Thomas attended The Shelby County Seminary and the Greensburg Academy and went to college at Hanover. After clerking for…Continue
Chester A. Arthur was born in Fairfield Vermont on October 5th, 1829. His father William had been a school teacher but became a Minister and joined the Free Will Baptists, a religious organization opposed to slavery. Chester’s mother was an immigrant from Ireland who had moved to Canada but met William when he visited across the border. William became a traveling preacher and the family moved frequently until they finally settled in Schenectady New York.
Since the family…Continue
William A. Wheeler was born in Malone New York on June 30th 1819. His father Almon Wheeler was a successful lawyer but died when William was only eight. His mother took in boards from the Franklin Academy which helped to pay William’s tuition. He studied law at the University of Vermont however financial and health problems forced him to drop out so he never earned a formal degree although he received a number of honorary ones later in life. After he left school he went to work…Continue