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 Morris
Husband of Anne Cary Randolph Morris
Father of Gouverneur Morris and FNU 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
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