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Christmas Trees Opposed by J. Sterling Morton

J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902) had a distinguished political career in this state, serving twice in the territorial legislature, as territorial secretary from 1858 to 1861, and on two occasions as acting territorial governor. He also served as secretary of the … Continue reading

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Morton and Wilson, Nebraska Territory’s Ghost Counties

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, Dodge, Washington, Richardson, Burt, Forney, and Pierce, all named for prominent political leaders. … Continue reading

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A Proposed Arboreal Bureau

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, in 1886 recommended the establishment of such a bureau. Morton early recognized … 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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