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Biography of Gouverneur Morris


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Morris, Gouverneur. American statesman. Born in 1752. Became a member of the Provincial Congress of New York, and was one of those who drew up the State Constitution in 1776. Was a prominent member of the Continental Congress in 1777-80, being the colleague of R. Morris as superintendent of finance. He was one of the drafters of the Federal Constitution in 1787, after which he passed many years in Europe, being minister to France during the Revolution, and became United States senator on his return. He wrote "Observations on the American Revolution," and his "Correspondence" throws much light on the French Revolution. Died 1816.