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  Gouverneur Morris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gouverneur Morris (January 31, 1752–November 8, 1816) was an American statesman who represented Pennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and was author of large sections of the Constitution of the United States.
Morris is regarded as a visionary of the idea of being "American".
In 1779, at age 28, Morris shattered his leg in a carriage accident, and the leg was amputated.
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 Colonial Hall: Biography of Gouverneur Morris   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Morris was chosen a delegate to the Provincial Congress of New York.
Morris acted as one of the committee for drafting a constitution for the State of New York, which was reported in March, and adopted in April, of that year, after repeated and very able debates, in which Jay, Morris, and Robert R. Livingston were the principal speakers.
Morris returned to the United States, to engage in politics, with enhanced celebrity and a large additional stock of political and literary knowledge.
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 Gouverneur Morris Biography / Biography of Gouverneur Morris Biography Biography
Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), American statesman and diplomat, was one of the important authors of the U.S. Constitution.
Gouverneur Morris was born on Jan. 31, 1752, in his family's manor house at Morrisania, N.Y. After graduating from King's College, New York City, in 1768, he studied law under the chief justice of New York and in October 1771 was licensed as an attorney.
Morris was not elected to a new term, and during his retirement, after 1803, he supervised his numerous business activities and carried on an active correspondence with acquaintances abroad and at home.
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 Class Conflicts Gouverneur Morris' Letter to Thomas Penn, May 20 1774
Gouverneur Morris was the great-grandson of Robert Morris, who in the 1650s purchased a large land grant of over 3000 acres in what is now "Morrisania", in the Bronx.
Gouverneur Morris' family, like the families of many of the wealthy gentry of the colonies, was of divided loyalties.
Morris refers to the popular democratic movement against the British as a "mobility," or "mob" for short, and likens the working people to "reptiles" who were slowly awakening and would soon "bite" -- that is, attack the rich, contest the rule of the wealthy (what Morris calls "Aristocracy", "aristocracy" meaning "rule of the best.").
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 AllRefer.com - Gouverneur Morris (U.S. History, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Morris sat (1778–79) in the Continental Congress, where he was prominent in financial, military, and diplomatic affairs.
From 1800 to 1803, Morris, a Federalist, was a U.S. senator from New York.
Morris was a strong advocate of the Erie Canal and served as chairman (1810–13) of the canal commission.
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 From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: Gouverneur Morris
Gouverneur was educated by private tutors and at a Huguenot school in New Rochelle.
Morris was also a close friend of Washington and one of his strongest congressional supporters.
Morris died at Morrisania in 1816 at the age of 64 and was buried at St. Ann's Episcopal Churchyard, in the Bronx, New York City.
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 Reason: The Fun-Loving Founding Father: Gouverneur Morris, the first modern American
Morris had the good sense to be born to a family of "winners in the lottery of the British Empire," as Brookhiser puts it.
Morris grappled with Jay, a vehement anti-Catholic, on religious toleration, and argued alongside Jay for the inclusion of language encouraging the abolition of slavery in New York.
Morris displayed his unflappably upbeat temperament and sly sense of humor in response to friends who assured him that the pain and struggle would build character: "you...point out so clearly the advantages of being without legs that I am tempted to part with the other," he wrote.
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 MSN Encarta - Search View - Gouverneur Morris   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Morris, Gouverneur (1752-1816), American federalist leader, one of the formulators of the U.S. Constitution.
Half brother of the American Statesman Lewis Morris, he was born in Morrisania (now part of the Bronx, New York), on January 31, 1752, and was educated at King's College (now Columbia University).
Gouverneur Morris, as a member of the Constitutional Convention, supported the creation of a strong, central government controlled by the rich.
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 Policy Review: Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life
GOUVERNEUR MORRIS is one of the unsung heroes of the American Revolution, although he was neither wholly general, orator, nor political philosopher.
Morris was born in New York in 1752 to Lewis Morris, an inheritor of one of the most respected names in the colonies as well as one of the largest fortunes.
Morris, despite his patrician birth, was a staunch abolitionist and proponent of toleration - deeply offensive to Patrick Henry and the committed anti-Catholic John Jay.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3647/is_200312/ai_n9326332   (1367 words)

 Examination of the claims of Gouverneur Morris relative to the Erie Canal
Morris entertained of the great commercial prospects and resources of his native country, or possessed the talents to exhibit them to his fellow-citizens with equal eloquence in speech or in his written communications.
I think it is due to the memory of the late Gouverneur Morris, that something should be done to preserve the evidence of the conversation he had with you and General Schuyler, at Saratoga, during the revolutionary war, on the subject of the canal between the lakes and the Hudson.
Morris arrived at General Schuyler’s head-quarters, on a mission from the committee of general safety, of this state, to inquire into and report the actual state of the military force in that quarter.
www.history.rochester.edu /canal/bib/hosack/APP0O.html   (7874 words)

 RWYouth - Author of the Preamble   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gouverneur Morris was born on January 31, 1752 to wealthy New York landowner Lewis Morris.
Morris was elected to the New York Convention in the spring of 1775, a revolutionary assembly that served as a de facto legislature for the state until a constitution could be adopted.
Gouverneur Morris remained active in New York politics for the rest of his life, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1800.
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Gouverneur, the only son of the second marriage, knew that he would inherit only a small share of the estate and would have to work to retain the comforts and privileges of his forebears.
Morris' half-brother was a senior officer in the British Army, his mother remained a staunch Loyalist, and Smith, now with almost a father's influence, has precipitously abandoned the Patriot cause when he saw it heading toward independence.
Morris was asked to serve as second in command in his regiment, but withdrew when it declined transfer to the Continental Army.
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 City Journal Spring 2002 | The Forgotten Founding Father by Richard Brookhiser
Gouverneur Morris, author of the Constitution and the most famous forgotten man in New York, is buried on a remnant of the 1,900-acre estate his family once owned in what is now the South Bronx.
Gouverneur’s grandfather, Lewis Morris, was the leader of one of the two factions that divided the New York colonial assembly between them (broadly speaking, the lineup pitted merchants and Anglicans vs. landowners and other Protestants).
Morris just as tirelessly shot them down, not out of sympathy for Catholicism—when he lived among European Catholics in the 1790s, he found the clergy corrupt and the laity superstitious and stupid—but out of a conviction that men should be allowed to believe what they would.
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 Gouverneur, NY
Gouverneur, NY The town and village of Gouverneur were named for Gouverneur Morris, an avid reader and book collector who loved the outdoors and was a very successful businessman.
Morris was the youngest man to serve in the Continental Congress at age 24.
The Gouverneur Memorial Arch, erected in the center of the downtown village park in 1905, was funded by the local Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and from the proceeds of special postcards depicting the architect’s design for the arch.
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 Morris, Gouverneur on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Morrisania, N.Y. (now part of the Bronx); a grandson of Lewis Morris (1671-1746), he was born to wealth and influence.
Morris sat (1778-79) in the Continental Congress, where he was prominent in financial, military, and diplomatic affairs.
Morris was a strong advocate of the Erie Canal and served as chairman (1810-13) of the canal commission.
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Although Gouverneur Morris descended from what could be the closest thing to Colonial American aristocracy, his colonial political career did not begin until May 1775 when he was chosen to be a delegate to the Provincial Congress of New York, representing his family’s manor.
Morris was appointed to the committee for drafting a constitution for the State of New York, along with fellow Kings College graduates, as well as New York State Bar members, John Jay and Robert R. Livingston.
In addition, Gouverneur Morris in 1782 introduced the idea of decimal coinage, inventing the word “cent,” which was to become the basis of the new nations currency.
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 The Claremont Institute: A Rake's Progress
Morris participated seriously and fully in the great events of his lifetime; yet unlike a Washington (whom he revered), Morris neither sought, nor was self-conscious about standing in, the world-historical spotlight.
Morris was born to a wealthy and well connected New York family, received a bachelor's and a master's degree from King's College, and joined the New York bar.
Morris has long been suspected of an antipathy toward democracy, and there is some truth to this, but it must be said that his antipathy was no greater than that of many others, including Adams and Hamilton.
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 Boston.com / A&E / Books / Gouverneur Morris, the Revolution's unusual hero
Rather, Morris brought to the Constitution a measured and intelligent voice, put to work at the end of the Constitutional Convention of 1789 to shape a document that now has withstood 214 years of attack and manipulation.
Morris was indeed a rake, despite physical handicaps that to some might have been repelling -- a right arm deformed and withered by a scald burn in his teens, and an oak peg replacing his left leg following a violent carriage accident years later.
Not until he was 57 was Morris ready to settle down and marry, and even in that lies another tale of lust and intrigue.
www.boston.com /ae/books/articles/2003/08/31/gouverneur_morris_the_revolutions_unusual_hero   (547 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gouverneur Morris has been overlooked, surmises Brookhiser (America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918), because he was among "the solid rather than the glittering." If so, Morris had a more penetrating mind, a more buoyant disposition and a more lusty character than most of his contemporaries.
This concise, highly readable biography resurrects Gouverneur Morris, a forgotten Founding Father, who drafted the final version of the Constitution, writing its immortal preamble, and was instrumental in the development of New York into the world's greatest city, planning both the Erie Canal and the street grid of modern Manhattan.
Morris was also a notable eccentric, a one-legged Lothario who shared a mistress with Talleyrand, and ultimately married a Southern lady with an unspeakable scandal in her past.
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Gouverneur Morris was a true statesman setting aside his normal sarcasm and bluntness, which often detracted from his usefulness, but employing his remarkable social and verbal skills to resolve issues that threatened to divide the delegates.
During the Convention debates Morris defended, what he believed to be, the fundamental ideas of the right to property, the rule of law, religious freedom, abolition of slavery, and the consent for those who governed as the basis of government.
Morris’ most noteworthy accomplishment, for the eloquence, simplicity as well as majesty of the Constitution are considered his undertaking.
www.columbia.edu /~dh492/morris/nationalpolitics.html   (513 words)

 Finding a Founder by Sam Munson - Policy Review, No. 122   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Morris, despite his patrician birth, was a staunch abolitionist and proponent of toleration — deeply offensive to Patrick Henry and the committed anti-Catholic John Jay.
Morris bore, with the exception of his sincerity, a surprisingly close resemblance to the modern politician — one can see him as a truly brilliant speaker of the House, or perhaps secretary of state.
Morris was, famously, one-legged — he lost a leg to a carriage wheel.
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 OpinionJournal - Featured Article
Morris had lost his left leg seven years earlier in a carriage accident; he consoled himself in the arms of intelligent women, many of them married.
Morris spent the beginning of the Revolution in his native New York, where the war was particularly ugly.
Morris was the son and grandson of colonial judges.
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 Sample text for Library of Congress control number 2003044353
Morris cut a figure for many reasons: his impressive bearing (the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon used him as a body double for a statue of George Washington); his wit; his severely elegant clothes and carriage, so different from French silks and colors; and what was severe in a different way, his wooden left leg.
Morris." James Madison, the careful and learned theorist, is commonly called the Father of the Constitution, because he kept the most complete set of notes of the debates, and made cogent arguments for ratification after the debates were done (he wrote one third of the Federalist Papers).
Morris, alone among the founding fathers, thought that his private life was as important as his public life.
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As a delegate to the New York Provincial Congress, Morris was given the task of dealing with General George Washington of the Continental Army.
Morris served as advisor and benefactor to Washington; in return, President Washington appointed him minister to France.
During his time in France, Morris observed the mayhem that beset the country between 1789 and 1797, yet during these tumultuous years he found the time to burnish his reputation as a popular paramour, as well.
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 Melanie Randolph Miller - "Envoy to the Terror: Gouverneur Morris & the French Revolution" - OFF THE PAGE ...
Gouverneur Morris was a Founding Father.  He was born in 1752 in what is now The Bronx — the section is still called
Morris was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (while a resident of Pennsylvania) and later served as United States Senator from New York.  He was also one of the commissioners who oversaw construction of the Erie Canal.
French Revolution.  He was a witness to the hunger, rioting and killing that became known as the Reign of Terror, and when the monarchy was overthrown he helped King Louis XVI flee to safety.
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