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Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life

William Howard Adams


This book is a biography of one of the most colorful and least well-known of the founding fathers. A plain-spoken, racy patrician who distrusted democracy but opposed slavery and championed freedom for all minorities, an important player in the American Revolution, later an astute critic of the French Revolution. Gouverneur Morris remains an enigma among the founding generation. This biography tells his robust story, including his celebrated love affairs during his long stay in Europe. Morris's public record is astonishing. One of the leading figures of the Constitutional Convention, he put th ... More

Keywords: Gouverneur Morris, U.S. Constitution, Paris, commerce, cosmopolitanism, Erie Canal, Manhattan, love affairs, American Revolution, French Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300099805
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Howard Adams, author