Born in Elkton, Kentucky, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1909. Morton played on the varsity football team. After a decade of newspaper work, starting at the Louisville Courier-Journal, he became a teacher in the high school at Morristown, New Jersey. Beginning in 1924, he taught at Amherst College.
- "The Kings Are Passing Deathward", Poetry X
- Poems: 1920-1945. A.A. Knopf. 1945.
- Poems of a Lifetime. Watermark Press. 1999. ISBN 978-1-58235-075-2.
- Ships in the Harbor. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1921.
- David Morton (1929). The renaissance of Irish poetry: 1880-1930. I. Washburn.
- David Morton, ed. (1970). Shorter Modern Poems, 1900-1931. Books for Libraries Press. ISBN 978-0-8369-6152-2.
- David Morton, ed. (1929). Amherst Undergraduate Verse 1929. The Poetry Society of Amherst College.
- Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1921). "Symbols; Old Ships". Modern American poetry. Harcourt, Brace and company.
What is there in David Morton's verse that seems to save it, that intervenes in moments of irritation with its punctional urbanity? There is not an original line in it. Not one cry, one intense expression comes from it; one vision that the poet has kept from his privileged dreaming, which can draw the mind an inch out of even the shallowest rut.
- Robert Francis (1971). The trouble with Francis. Univ of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 978-0-87023-083-7.
- The Bookman Anthology of Verse , editor John Farrar
- Isidor Schneider (1922). Poetry. H. Monroe.