Morton, Thruston Ballard (1907-1982) Papers, 1968-1982

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Thruston Ballard Morton, 1907-1982

Title: Papers, 1968-1982

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 2 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./A/M891

Scope and Content Note

Collection contains general business correspondence related to Morton's position on various corporate boards of directors, including Churchill Downs, R. J. Reynolds, the Pittston Company, and the Pillsbury Company. Numerous speaking engagement invitations as well as letters seeking donations are attached to copies of Morton response. In addition, collection includes constituent letters, legislative correspondence, letters of recommendation, financial records, congratulatory notes, and limited personal correspondence. Also included is correspondence related to Morton's declined nomination to serve as Ambassador to the Court of St. James.

Biographical Note

Thruston Ballard Morton was a prominent political and business leader in Kentucky during the mid-twentieth century. As a student, Morton attended public schools, the Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, and graduated from Yale University in 1929. He married Belle Clay Lyons in 1931 and had two sons.

From 1947 to 1953, Morton served three terms as a representative for Kentucky's Third Congressional District. After his tenure in the house, Morton was appointed Assistant Secretary of State of Congressional Relations by President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 until 1956. In addition, Morton served two terms in the United States Senate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1957 to 1969. Morton was also Chairman of the Republican National Committee and one of the first conservatives to withdraw support from President Lyndon B. Johnson's Vietnam War policies. After his retirement from the Senate, Morton remained active in the Louisville business community, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Director of Liberty National Bank and Chairman of the Board and Director of Churchill Downs. He also served as a Director or Advisor for the Louisville Board of Trade, Pillsbury Company, Texas Gas Company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the Pittston Company, the University of Louisville, Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor and the Ohio Valley Assembly. Morton died in Louisville in 1982.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence - November-December 1968

Folder 2: Correspondence - January 1969

Folder 3: Correspondence - February 1969

Folder 4: Correspondence - March 1969, I

Folder 5: Correspondence - March 1969, II

Folder 6: Correspondence - April 1969, I

Folder 7: Correspondence - April 1969, II

Folder 8: Correspondence - April 1969, III

Folder 9: Correspondence - May 1969

Folder 10: Correspondence - June 1969

Folder 11: Correspondence - July-August 1969

Folder 12: Correspondence - September 1969

Folder 13: Correspondence - October 1969

Folder 14: Correspondence - November-December 1969

Folder 15: Correspondence - January-March 1970

Folder 16: Correspondence - April-June 1970

Folder 17: Correspondence - July-September 1970

Folder 18: Correspondence - October-December 1970

Folder 19: Correspondence - January-February 1971

Folder 20: Correspondence - March 1971

Folder 21: Correspondence - April 1971

Folder 22: Correspondence - May-July 1971

Folder 23: Correspondence - August-September 1971

Folder 24: Correspondence - October-December 1971

Folder 25: Correspondence - January-June 1972

Folder 26: Correspondence - July-December 1972

Folder 27: Correspondence - January-March 1973

Folder 28: Correspondence - April 1973

Folder 29: Correspondence - May 1973

Folder 30: Correspondence - June 1973

Folder 31: Correspondence - July-August 1973

Folder 32: Correspondence - September 1973

Folder 33: Correspondence - October 1973

Folder 34: Correspondence - November-December 1973

Folder 35: Correspondence - January-February 1974

Folder 36: Correspondence - March 1974

Folder 37: Correspondence - April-May 1974

Folder 38: Correspondence - June 1974

Folder 39: Correspondence - July-August 1974

Folder 40: Correspondence - September-October 1974

Folder 41: Correspondence - November-December 1974

Folder 42: Correspondence - January-March 1975

Folder 43: Correspondence - April 1975

Folder 44: Correspondence - May 1975

Folder 45: Correspondence - June 1975

Folder 46: Correspondence - July-September 1975

Folder 47: Correspondence - October 1975

Folder 48: Correspondence - November 1975

Folder 49: Correspondence - December 1975

Folder 50: Correspondence - January-April 1976

Folder 51: Correspondence - May-July 1976

Folder 52: Correspondence - August-November 1976

Folder 53: Correspondence - December 1976

Folder 54: Correspondence - January-March 1977

Folder 55: Correspondence - April 1977

Folder 56: Correspondence - May 1977

Folder 57: Correspondence - June 1977

Folder 58: Correspondence - July-September 1977

Folder 59: Correspondence - October-December 1977

Folder 60: Correspondence - January-December 1978

Folder 61: Correspondence - January-March 1979

Folder 62: Correspondence - April-June 1979

Folder 63: Correspondence - July-December 1979

Folder 64: Correspondence - January-March 1980

Folder 65: Correspondence - April-June 1980

Folder 66: Correspondence - July-September 1980

Folder 67: Correspondence - October-December 1980

Folder 68: Correspondence - January-June 1981

Folder 69: Correspondence - July-December 1981

Folder 70: Correspondence - March-August1982

Folder 71: Correspondence - Ballard Memorial School Fundraising, 1970

Folder 72: Correspondence - British Royal Family's Visit to the Kentucky Derby, 1974

Folder 73: Correspondence - Undated

Folder 74: Thruston Ballard Morton - Obituaries

Subject Headings

Agriculture - Taxation

American Horse Council

Animal industry - Law and legislation

Appalachians (People)

Appalachians (People)

Ballard Memorial School (Barlow, Ky.)

Churchill Downs Incorporated

Energy policy

Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

Kentucky Derby - History

Morton, Thruston B. (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982

Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994

Pillsbury Company

Presidents - United States - Election. - 20th century

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Red Cross and Red Crescent - Kentucky

Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)

Vice-Presidential candidates - United States

Filson Historical