Robert Morris DOI


Robert Morris was born in Liverpool England on 20 January 1734 and died on 8 May 1806. He was an Episcopalian and on 2 March 1769, at 35 years old, Morris married 20-year-old Mary White and had seven children. Morris was elected to the Pennsylvania Council of Safety 1775–1776 the Committee of Correspondence, the Provincial Assembly 1775–1776 and the Pennsylvania legislature 1776–1778. Morris was elected to represent Pennsylvania in the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778. In 1775 the Continental Congress contracted with Morris’s company to import arms and ammunition. He held the office of United States Superintendent of Finance from 1781 to 1784. Morris was elected to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Elected United States Senator from Pennsylvania and served from 4 March 1789 ti 4 March 1795. On 12 March 1791 he contracted with Massachusetts to purchase what is now essentially all of Western New York.

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