MORRIS, Lewis (1726-1798)

MORRIS, LEWIS, (half brother of Gouverneur Morris and uncle of Lewis Richard Morris), a Delegate from New York; born in Morrisania (now a part of New York City), N.Y., April 8, 1726; instructed by private tutors and was graduated from Yale College in 1746; engaged in agricultural pursuits; appointed by the Crown a judge of the Court of Admiralty in 1760 and resigned in 1774; again appointed by the provincial congress in 1776, but declined; elected to the Colonial Assembly of New York in 1769, but was declared disqualified for nonresidence; delegate to the provincial convention of the colony in April 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1777, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; deputy to the state provincial congress in 1776 and 1777; county judge of Westchester County in 1777; member of the committee on detection of conspiracies in 1777; served in the state senate 1777-1781 and 1784-1788, and was a member of the council of appointment in 1786; member of the first board of regents of the University of New York and served from 1784 until his death; delegate to the state convention which adopted the Federal Constitution in 1788; died in Morrisania, N.Y., January 22, 1798; interment in vault beneath St. Anne's of Morrisania Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Ephraim Blaine Papers, 1765-1805, 3,500 items.
Correspondents include Lewis Morris. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the George Morgan Papers, 1775-1822, 0.1 linear foot.
Correspondents include Lewis Morris. The papers are also available on microfilm.

Papers: In the William Vans Murray Papers, ca. 1778-1805, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include Lewis Morris.

Papers: In the Henry A. Willard II Collection, ca. 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot.
Correspondents include Lewis Morris. A finding aid is available in the library.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1781, 1 item.
A letter from Lewis Morris to General Nathanael Greene written on September 23, 1781. In the letter, Lewis Morris writes regarding messages from the Commander-in-Chief, etc.

Papers: 1790, 1 item.
A letter from Lewis Morris to Jeremiah Wadsworth written on August 31, 1790. Lewis Morris writes concerning horses.


United States Military Academy at West Point
Manuscripts, Library
West Point, NY
Papers: 1781, 1 page.
A letter from Lewis Morris to Captain Abraham De Peyster written on January 24, 1781. In the letter, Lewis Morris discusses an exchange of prisoners during the Revolutionary War.

  • Report of a Treaty with the Western Indians: Conducted at Pittsburgh September 12-October 21, 1775 and Now for the First Time Published. Commissioners from the Colonial Congress, Lewis Morris... [et. al.]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1908.