Morton McMichael K-8

Brian Wallace

3543 Fairmount Avene
Philadelphia PA 19104
Phone: 215-823-8272

Our History

Our History

Morton McMichael

Who was Morton Mcmichael? 

  • He was born in New Jersey on October 2 1807.
  • He died in Philadelphia on January 6 1879.
  • He was a lawyer and a journalist.
  • He became the editor of the "Saturday Evening Post" in 1826.
  • From 1831 to 1836 he was the editor-in-chief of the "Saturday Courier".
  • He was the sole proprieter of the "North America and United States Gazette" from 1847 until his death in 1879. Under his leadership the journal became one of the best known in the country.
  • While a young man he served several years as an alderman of Philadelphia, from 1843 till 1846 he was sheriff of the county, from 1866 till 1869 mayor of the city.
  • In 1878 he was appointed a delegate at large to the fourth Constitutional convention of Pennsylvania. He was frequently invited to address public audiences on great occasions, and achieved note as an orator.
  • A bronze statue of him in Fairmount park, bears the inscription, " An honored and beloved citizen of Philadelphia."