Harold Morton was born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 10, 1906. He is a former champion of New England, who lived in Rhode Island. He won the Massachusetts Chess Championship in 1933, 1934, and 1935. He played in the 1936 US Chess Championship, but did poorly. On February 17, 1940, he died in a car crash in Iowa when he hit a truck. His passenger, by chess master I.A. Horowitz, survived. The two were giving simultaneous chess exhibitions throughout the country.