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Morton, John

, English prelate and statesman
Morton, John, 1420?–1500, English prelate and statesman, archbishop of Canterbury (1486–1500). He studied law at Oxford and practiced in the London ecclesiastical courts. A supporter of the Lancastrian party in the Wars of the Roses, he received a number of church livings, but after the Yorkist victory at Towton (1461) he was attainted and lived in exile at the court of Margaret of Anjou. He returned to England in 1470, taking an active part in the coalition against Edward IV, but after Edward's victory at Tewkesbury (1471), his attainder was reversed. He was made a master of the rolls in 1473, was sent (1474) on a mission to Hungary, and became bishop of Ely in 1479. Arrested in the reign of Richard III, he escaped to Flanders and was recalled by Henry VII on his accession (1485) to the throne. Morton became the king's principal counselor, was made archbishop of Canterbury (1486) and lord chancellor (1487), and was created a cardinal in 1493. He was probably the author of the original Latin version of the History of Richard III, which is usually ascribed to Sir Thomas More.


See biography by R. I. Woodhouse (1895).

Morton, John

, political leader in the American Revolution
Morton, John, c.1724–1777, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Chester co., Pa. He was a member of the Pennsylvania assembly (1756–66, 1769–75), the Stamp Act Congress (1765), and the Continental Congress (1774–77).
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Newsday's bid for Hispanic readers is "a recognition of some of the changes that are going on in almost every major metropolitan market," said newspaper analyst John Morton.
John Morton won his three matches which, with two wins from Angus Pool, made up the Knights' score.
John Morton has hung up his whistle after 32 years as the man-in-the-middle at around 1,500 games.
The forum, sponsored by analyst John Morton and Lynch, Jones & Ryan Inc., used to convene for two days immediately after the annual convention of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, now the Newspaper Association of America, in late April or early May.
Second-placed Ouston A were held to a 5 - 5 draw by the Knights, for whom John Morton was unbeaten.
The other Britons killed were Patrick Cox, of County Durham, Roy Parfitt, of Cheshire, Ronald Jarred, of Middlesbrough, and John Morton, of Birkenhead.
The doubles combination of Todd and Lancaster restored the home side's lead with victory over John Morton and Barnes and Todd then gave them a two-set cushion when he saw off Barnes.
Third-placed Cramlington Trojans had a similar success in Division One over Mortimer, thanks to Phil Prady, Paul Baines (three each) and John Morton (2) plus the doubles.
Nike Dunn, Mark Allinson and John Morton were all undefeated for Cramlington Tigers in their Division Two fixture at Ouston A.
The handicap singles was won by John Morton, who beat Steve Ralph in the decider.
Darrin, 25, of John Morton Crescent, Darvel, Ayrshire, was fined pounds 500.
John Morton, Cliff Smith and Linda Spensley were all unbeaten for Cramlington Cobras in their Division Three fixture against Dunston CC.