Azie Taylor Morton, The Only Black Woman To Hold the Position of Treasurer of the U.S

Written by Jae Jones

was the first and still the only African-American woman to hold the position of Treasurer of the United States. She endured hardships during her time, but she did not allow it to stop her. She excelled by entering into one of the highest offices in the land. Her signature was printed on U.S currency during her time in office.

Morton was born in Dale, Texas on February 1, 1936. She knew what hard labor was because she worked in the cotton fields as a teen. Because there were no public schools for children in Dale, Texas she attended the Texas Blind, Deaf and Orphan School, even though she didn’t suffer from any of those issues.


In 1952, she entered all-Black school Huston-Tillotson University, graduating with a degree in commercial education. Morton attempted to enroll in the University of Texas’ graduate program but was denied because of race. She began her career teaching at a Texas school for delinquent girls, and later began working for Huston-Tillotson. In 1961, she was hired by President John F. Kennedy to work for the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and worked there for several years. In 1965, she married James Homer Morton. (Black America Web)


Between the years of 1972 and 1976, Morton was a special assistant to the Democratic National Committee. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Treasurer on September 12, 1977. She served in the post until 1981. She also served in the post until 1981. Morton was also part of the American Delegation to Rome, Italy for the Enthronement of Pope John Paul II and was also Chair of the People to People Mission to the Soviet Union and China in 1986. She was also a representative to the first African/ Conference held in Africa. Morton was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. On December 6, 2003, Morton suffered a stroke at her home in Bastrop County, Texas, and died the following day due to complications.



Little Known Black History Fact: Azie Taylor Morton




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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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