Who was Gouverneur Morris?
I am 7nth generation removed from Robert Morris' brother Richard. From what I have studied about my family heritage, during the earliest stages of the building of our country, leadership was in short supply and was welcomed when offered. I do not believe we are related by blood, or by marriage. It is my belief that Gov. Morris volunteered his assistance in the polity, and that he may also be related to Lewis. Gov. Morris was appointed as a leader in Pennsylvania, and his signature is believed to be on the Constitution, however, his signature does not reside on the Declaration of Independence. Up until the U.S. courts desisions against minority discrimination in the 70's, Founding Fathers were identified by their signature on the Declaration, not the Constitution. I still identify them as such. There-fore; Gov. Morris is not a Founding Father.
Gouverneur Morris was the son of Lewis Morris, Jr. and his second wife Sarah Gouverneur. Morris had several half-siblings from his fatherÕs first marriage including Lewis Morris III. Lewis the Third had signed the Declaration of Independence while Gouverneur is considered the ÒPenman of the Constitution.Ó
The Constitution was written by several committees over the summer of 1787, On September 10, 1787, the Committee of Style set to work, and two days later, it presented the Convention with its final draft. The members were Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, James Madison, and Gouverneur Morris.** The actual text of the Preamble and of much of the rest of this final draft is usually attributed to Gouverneur Morris.**