Joy Morton

Chicago is America's salty center, thanks to the Morton Salt Co. The company was owned by Joy Morton, a man who got his first name from the maiden name of his mother, Caroline Joy. Morton’s father was agriculture secretary under <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT001178" title="Grover Cleveland" href="/topic/politics/grover-cleveland-PEPLT001178.topic">President Grover Cleveland</a> and is credited with starting Arbor Day. Reminders of the family’s philanthropy include <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000062" title="Morton Arboretum" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/gardens-parks/morton-arboretum-PLCUL000062.topic">Morton Arboretum</a> in Lisle and the Morton Wing of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000118" title="Art Institute of Chicago" href="/topic/arts-culture/arts/art-institute-of-chicago-PLCUL000118.topic">Art Institute of Chicago</a>.

( Chicago Tribune archive photo )

Chicago is America's salty center, thanks to the Morton Salt Co. The company was owned by Joy Morton, a man who got his first name from the maiden name of his mother, Caroline Joy. Morton’s father was agriculture secretary under President Grover Cleveland and is credited with starting Arbor Day. Reminders of the family’s philanthropy include Morton Arboretum in Lisle and the Morton Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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