Gouverneur Morris, U.S. Senator

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Gouverneur Morris, Sr.

Birthplace: Morrisania, Bronx, New York, United States
Death: Died in Morrisania, Bronx, New York, United States
Cause of death: after causing himself internal injuries while using a piece of whale bone to attempt clearing a blockage in his urinary tract
Place of Burial: Saint Anne's Episcopal Churchyard, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Lewis Morris II and Sarah Gouverneur
Husband of Anne Cary Randolph Morris
Father of Gouverneur Morris and ?? MORRIS
Brother of Isabella WILKINS; Sarah ASHFIELD; Euphemia OGDEN and Catherine MORRIS
Half brother of Mary Lawrence (Morris); Lewis Morris, signer of "The Declaration of Independence"; General Staats Long Morris (British army) and Hon. Richard Morris

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About Gouverneur Morris, U.S. Senator


Gouverneur Morris (January 31, 1752 – November 6, 1816), was an American statesman, a Founding Father of the United States, and a native of New York City who represented Pennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation. Morris was also an author of large sections of the Constitution of the United States and one of its signers. He is widely credited as the author of the document's preamble, and has been called the 'Penman of the Constitution.' In an era when most Americans thought of themselves as citizens of their respective states, Morris advanced the idea of being a citizen of a single union of states.

A gifted scholar, Morris enrolled in 1764 at the age of twelve at King's College, now Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City. He graduated in 1768 and received a master's degree in 1771.


Gouverneur Morris, author of the U.S. Constitution and "most forgotten man in New York." He is buried on a remnant of the 1,900 acre estate his family once owned in what is now the South Bronx. Morris was George Washington's minister to France. He was also the projector for the Erie Canal, connecting the Hudson River with Lake Erie as the means of connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. Excerpts from an article by Richard Brookhiser.

Gouverneur's half-brother, Lewis Morris, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Gouverneur Morris, U.S. Senator's Timeline

January 31, 1751
Morrisania, Bronx, New York, United States
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 36
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

The Signers of the U. S. Constitution

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham

Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton

Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
Gouverneur Morris
James Wilson

George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom

James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer

John Blair
James Madison, Jr.
George Washington

North Carolina
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson

South Carolina
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

William Few
Abraham Baldwin

Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:
As you will see there are still many biographies that need to be added to our site, including a new category: Other Founding Fathers.

The biographies on this site are primarily from 1 of the following 2 sources:
Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives

December 25, 1809
Age 58
Bronx, Bronx County, New York
Age 61
New York?, New York, United States
November 6, 1816
Age 65
Morrisania, Bronx, New York, United States
Saint Anne's Episcopal Churchyard, New York, USA