Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789


Portrait of Gouverneur Morris.
descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Governeer Morris Esqr. (1752-1816)
R. Wilkinson (dates unknown).
Mixed method, in Portraits of the Generals, 1783.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-45482.

Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816)

Well-educated Gouverneur Morris came from a family with firm British loyalties; his mother was overjoyed when British troops captured New York, and his half-brother was a major general in the British army.

Morris was skillful at charming ladies, and his cynical sense of humor gave birth to frequent witty comments and jokes. Known throughout the states as a young man of great promise, Morris impressed his fellow Congressmen with his skillful writing and oratory, but left many of them wondering about his loose morals.