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Azie Taylor Morton

Official Portrait

In office
September 12, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President James E. Carter
Preceded by Francine Irving Neff
Succeeded by Angela Marie Buchanan

Born February 1, 1936
Dale, Texas
Died December 7, 2003 (aged 67)
Bastrop County, Texas
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) James Homer Morton
Religion Baptist
Morton's signature, as used on American currency

Azie Taylor Morton (February 1, 1936 – December 7, 2003) served as Treasurer of the United States during the Carter administration (September 12, 1977 to January 20, 1981). She remains the only African American to hold that office. Her signature was printed on U.S. currency during her tenure; this is an honor she shared with four African American men. [1]

Morton was born in Dale, Texas and graduated from Hutson-Tillotson College in Austin. Her first job was teaching at a school for delinquent girls. Before becoming Treasurer, she served on President John F. Kennedy's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. She was also an election observer for the presidential elections in Haiti, Senegal, and the Dominican Republic; a member of the American Delegation to Rome, Italy for the Enthronement of Pope John Paul II; chair of a People to People Mission to the Soviet Union and China; and a representative to the first African/African American Conference held in Africa. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Azie Taylor married James Homer Morton on May 29, 1965. They had two daughters. On December 6, 2003, she suffered a stroke at her home in Bastrop County, Texas, and died of complications the next day.

External links


  1. ^ "African Americans on Currency". Retrieved 2007-05-24.  
Political offices
Preceded by
Francine Irving Neff
Treasurer of the United States
Succeeded by
Angela Marie Buchanan

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