Levi P. Morton, c. 1888
Library of Congress

Born: May 16, 1824

Died: May 16, 1920

Married: Lucy Young Kimball (died 1871), Anna Livingston Reade Street

Children: One child by his first wife; five daughters by his second wife

Levi Parsons Morton was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 11th district (1879 – 1881), United States Minister to France under President James A. Garfield (1881–1885), the 22nd Vice President of the United States under President Benjamin Harrison (1889 – 1893), and the 31st Governor of New York (1895 – 1896).

In 1903 Morton had Camp Eagle Island built as a summer retreat in Upper Saranac Lake; it was designed by noted architect William L. Coulter and built by contractors Trombley and Carrier. Morton had previously owned Pine Brook on the nearby mainland.

Morton was popular in France, where his efforts improved commercial relations between the two countries. In October 24, 1881, in Paris, he placed the first rivet in the construction of the Statue of Liberty.