Frank Morton, Civil Rights Legal Hero Honored

In his 89 years, Frank Morton has blazed a trail that will be hard for any black attorney to follow.  From the Lakewood Ranch Herald:

Really, it all started in the late 1700s, when Carruthers Stanly, Morton’s great-great-great-grandfather, was emancipated from slavery at age 21 and became a wealthy plantation and barber shop owner.

That wealth allowed his descendents, and Morton, to have a proper education. Morton’s grandfather, Dr. Joseph Morton, was a professor of Greek and Latin.

Morton’s grandmother, Verina Morton-Jones, is often credited with being the first woman and the first black woman to practice medicine in Mississippi.

Verina Morton-Jones inspired Frank to be a doctor, until he ran into science classes at Long Island University. Science wasn’t for Morton, but he accomplished even more. He began in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the eastern district of New York in 1949, before becoming the first black Judge Advocate General in 1974.

“I’ve had a wonderful life,” Morton said.


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