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Morton Blackwell : biography

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Morton C. Blackwell (born November 16, 1939, La Jara, Colorado) is an American conservative political activist. He is president and founder of the Leadership Institute (established 1979), a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation that teaches political technology.


In youth politics, Blackwell was a College Republican state chairman and a Young Republican state chairman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He served on the Young Republican National Committee for more than a dozen years. He rose to the position of national vice chairman at-large of the Young Republican National Federation. Off and on for five and half years, 1965 to 1970, he worked as executive director of the College Republican National Committee under four consecutive College Republican national chairmen. For eight years, he was a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee.

Blackwell worked for seven years under conservative Richard Viguerie, the specialist in direct mail.

Blackwell was first elected to the Arlington County Republican Committee in 1972. He is a member of the Republican Party of Virginia's State Central Committee. In 1988, Blackwell was elected as Virginia’s Republican National Committeeman, a post he still holds as of 2012. In 2004, Blackwell was elected to the Executive Committee of the RNC.


  • Byron York, The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy (New York, Crown Forum, 2005), pp. 233–234

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Political activities

Blackwell was Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, California. His Louisiana delegation was headed by former gubernatorial Charlton Lyons of Shreveport. In the spring of 1966, he worked for the election of the late Roderick Miller of Lafayette as only the third Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since Reconstruction.

He was a national convention alternate delegate for Ronald W. Reagan in 1968 and 1976, and a Ronald Reagan delegate at the 1980 Republican National Convention. In 1980, he organized and oversaw the national youth effort for Reagan. From 1981 to 1984, Blackwell was a special assistant to President Reagan.

Blackwell is considered something of a specialist in matters relating to the rules of the Republican Party. He served on rules committees of the state Republican parties in Louisiana and Virginia. He serves now on the RNC’s Standing Committee on Rules and has attended every meeting of the Republican National Conventions’ Rules Committees since 1972.

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