Tag Archives: J.Sterling Morton

Flashback Friday: Would J. Sterling Morton have sacrificed his grandmother for political gain?

In honor of Arbor Day, Nebraska History associate editor Jim Potter examines part of  the political career of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton. Some dramatic anti-J. Sterling Morton sentiments appeared in the May 23 issue of the Republican Nebraska … Continue reading

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Arbor Day Ceremonies Plant New Trees at Schools

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton and the State Board of Agriculture, The day became a legal holiday in the state in 1885 when the Legislature set aside April 22, Morton’s birthday, … Continue reading

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Christmas Trees Opposed by J. Sterling Morton

J. Sterling Morton and his newspaper staff in Nebraska City on May 29, 1899. NSHS RG1013-PH30-11 (at left). J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902) had a distinguished political career in this state, serving twice in the territorial legislature, as territorial secretary from … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Semicentennial Arbor Day (2013)

Arbor Day parade float at Nebraska City in 1917. The bust at the front of the float depicts J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. NSHS RG2991-2-3 (above). Nebraskans celebrated the semicentennial of the state’s admission into the Union in … Continue reading

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Morton and Wilson, Nebraska Territory’s Ghost Counties

J. Sterling Morton, for whom Morton County was named, about 1859. NSHS RG1013.PH1-6 Today many Nebraskans live in counties known by different names than they were during Nebraska’s territorial years. The first eight counties in the state were Douglas, Cass, … Continue reading

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A Proposed Arboreal Bureau

Arbor Day Parade in Nebraska City, 1917. NSHS RG2991-3-5 (photograph at right). An arboreal bureau managed by the Nebraska State Historical Society? J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day in Nebraska, and a longtime member of the Historical Society, … Continue reading

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Happy Birth-Arbor-Earth Day

April 22, 1832: J. Sterling Morton is born. April 22, 1885:  The Nebraska legislature sets observation of Arbor Day, a new state holiday, on Morton’s birthday. Having moved to Nebraska Territory in 1854, Morton was an early and ardent advocate of tree planting. He proposed the … Continue reading

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