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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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The Pedigree

The Pedigree

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Pedigree
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about how Gouverneur Morris inherited an impressive New York name, that reached into the political affairs of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With the Morris name, he also inherited a matter-of-fact awareness of a deference, a respect taken as a matter of course. A politician to the core, Morris was a formidable adversary wherever he decided to take his stand, whether it was against the royal governor or the colony's representative Assembly. When Gouverneur Morris arrived in Philadelphia in 1761, the city of nearly twenty-five thousand was already twice as large as New York and was a center of commerce, politics, finance, science, education, art, architecture, and good living. Barely suppressed, mocking energy combined with nimble intelligence marked Morris's developing character during his King's College years and on into the study of law.

Keywords:   Gouverneur Morris, political affairs, royal governor, politician, Assembly

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