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Gouverneur Morris

By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on

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Morris (1752 - 1816) supported independence, but his aristocratic background led him to seriously question the common man's ability to govern. Like many of his contemporaries, Morris feared democracy as anarchical. Nonetheless, it was Morris who took a bundle of compromises and converted them into the enduring language of the United States Constitution. Morris' conservatism vanished on the issue of slavery: he introduced a petition in the New York Provincial Congress to end slavery.