Born in: Adams, New York
Died: April 27, 1902 (70 years-old)
Died in: Lake Forest, Illinois
J. Sterling Morton is the founder of Arbor day.Some people don't know that Robert Furnas was the co-founder of Arbor Day He was born April 22, 1832 and was raised in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. And after he graduated he moved to Nebraska with his wife, Caroline Joy French. After arriving in Nebraska, he became the editor of the local newspaper. He served shortly in the Nebraska Territorial House of Representatives (1855–1856). He also served as Acting Governor of Nebraska on December 5, 1858, to May 2, 1859. And J. Sterling Morton died April 27, 1902 at the age of 70 in the state of Illinois.
His son, Joy Morton was the founder the Morton salt company and of the Morton Arboretum.
J. Sterling Morton built a 52-room mansion that is a look-alike of the White House. It is now called the Arbor Lodge Historical Park.
There wasn't many trees in Nebraska at the time and he thought it would be a good idea for groups to plant trees in the city.