Gouverneur MorrisComments
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siblingsAlexander HamiltonCharles Willson Peale David RittenhouseDeclaration of IndependenceHenry KnoxJared Ingersoll JuniorJohn AdamsJohn Dickinson John JayJohn Witherspoon Marquis de LafayetteMeriwether LewisPatrick Henry

Gouverneur Morris

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.