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Charles Gould Morton
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Charles Morton, 29th Division, Nogent-le-Roi 1918
Born (1861-01-15)January 15, 1861
Cumberland, Maine
Died July 18, 1933(1933-07-18) (aged 72)
San Francisco, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1883–1925
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major general
Commands held 29th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Croix de Guerre
Distinguished Service Medal
Commander of the Legion of Honor
Spouse(s) Ida Hastings
Eleanor Moorhead Huff

Charles Gould Morton (January 15, 1861 – July 18, 1933) was an American major general during World War I.

Early life

Charles Gould Morton was born on January 15, 1861 to Allen and Mary Morton in Cumberland, Maine. He attended the United States Military Academy and graduated with the class of 1883.

Military career

Morton accepted a commission as an infantry officer and served on the frontier until 1888.

From 1889 to 1890, Morton was a Professor of Military Science at the Florida Agricultural College.

For most of his military career, Morton served with the 6th Infantry Regiment.

During World War I, he commanded the 29th Infantry Division. Morton then commanded the Ninth Corps Area, which had its headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco. He retired in 1925.

Personal life

Morton married Ida Hastings on October 15, 1885. She died in 1921, and Morton subsequently married Eleanor Moorhead Huff on June 14, 1922.


Morton received the Distinguished Service Medal for his service during World War I. Morton also received the Croix de Guerre with two palms and the title of Commander of the Legion of Honor.

Death and legacy

Morton died on July 18, 1933 in San Francisco, California. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The transport ship USS  General C. G. Morton (AP-138) was named in his honor and saw service in World War II and the Korean War.

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