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Morton, John

Morton, John, Cardinal, was born about 1420, and practised for some time as an ecclesiastical advocate. Though a Lancastrian, he was made Bishop of Ely and Master of the Rolls by Edward IV. He was imprisoned by Richard III., but escaped, and in 1486 was made Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor by his successor, for whom he devised the celebrated dilemma known as "Morton's Fork," by the application of which no one was able to evade taxation. He died in 1500.