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Morton

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  1. Jelly RollFerdinand Morton, 1885–1941, U.S. jazz pianist, composer, and band leader.
  2. Le·vi Par·sons [lee-vahy pahr-suh nz] /ˈli vaɪ ˈpɑr sənz/, 1824–1920, vice president of the U.S. 1889–93; governor of New York 1895–96.
  3. William Thomas Green,1819–68, U.S. dentist: first to employ ether as an anesthetic.
  4. a town in central Illinois.
  5. a male given name: a family name taken from a Norman placename meaning “town on the moor.”
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Morton

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  1. 4th Earl of, title of James Douglas. 1516–81, regent of Scotland (1572–78) for the young James VI. He was implicated in the murders of Rizzio (1566) and Darnley (1567) and played a leading role in ousting Mary, Queen of Scots; executed
  2. Jelly Roll, real name Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton. 1885–1941, US jazz pianist, singer, and songwriter; one of the creators of New Orleans jazz
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Word Origin and History for morton

Morton

surname, from the many Mortons on the map of England, literally "moor or marsh settlement." Morton's Fork (1759) is in reference to John Morton (c.1420-1500), archbishop of Canterbury, who levied forced loans under Henry VII by arguing the obviously rich could afford to pay and the obviously poor clearly were living frugally and thus had savings and could pay, too.

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morton in Medicine

Morton

(môrtn)
  1. American dentist and pioneer anesthetist who in 1846 gave the first public demonstration of ether as an anesthetic in a surgical procedure.
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