Ichabod Morton, born in Plymouth, was a descendant of George Morton, the father of Nathaniel, the first secretary of the Plymouth Colony.
His education was slight, for he became engaged early in the work of life; first, as clerk in, and then keeper of, a country store.
As he had learned something of surveying, he would at times survey wood lots.
His store keeping led to an interest in vessels, first in the Grand Bank fishing, and afterwards with larger vessels in the coasting and West India trade.
Like all traders, in his early days he sold rum and other liquors, but at the institution of the temperance movement in Plymouth, he advertised September 8, 1827, on behalf of his firm That prolific mother of miseries, that giant foe to human happiness, shall no longer have a dwelling under our roof.
Feeling his own lack of early education, he was always advocating in town meeting increased appropriations for schools.
He joined the anti-slavery movement in 1835, and when Brook