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Gouverneur MorrisAn Independent Life$
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William Howard Adams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099805

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099805.001.0001

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Introduction: Redeeming Mr. Morris

Introduction: Redeeming Mr. Morris

(p.xi) Introduction: Redeeming Mr. Morris
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines Gouverneur Morris's majestic vision of a national government and his relentless bargaining in the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787 that helped to put in place the foundation of the American republic. History's casual indifference rests with Morris's personality, which resisted the sacred pronouncements, which are regularly poured on revolutionary luminaries such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, or his fellow New Yorker Hamilton. His leery mind uniquely equipped him for the pursuit of truth balanced by an impressive capacity for the pleasures of life. Morris's politically incorrect style had a particular integrity and forthrightness that was refreshing in a politically circumspect, cowardly time where dissembling became a fine art. The two hundred fiftieth anniversary of Morris's birth in 2002 came and went without a single commemorative gesture by the nation he helped to found; or by his native state of New York, whose constitution he helped to write.

Keywords:   Gouverneur Morris, American republic, revolutionary luminaries, integrity, Constitutional Convention

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