LEWIS, Francis (1713-1803)

LEWIS, FRANCIS, a Delegate from New York; born in Llandaff, Wales, March 21, 1713; attended Westminster School, London; entered the countinghouse of a London merchant; immigrated to the United States in 1735 and established mercantile houses in New York and Philadelphia; secured a contract to clothe the British Army in America in 1753; participated in the French and Indian War as an aide to General Mercer; was captured in Oswego, N.Y., and taken as a prisoner to France; on his return the colonial government gave him 5,000 acres of land in recognition of his services; delegate in the Stamp Act Congress that met in New York City in 1765; retired from business in 1765 and located in Whitestone, Long Island, N.Y.; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1779; was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; delegate to the provincial convention in 1775; member of the Committee of One Hundred in 1775; served in the Provincial Congress in 1776 and 1777; commissioner of the board of admiralty in 1779; died in New York City on December 30, 1803; interment in Trinity Churchyard.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1743, 1 item.
A letter from Francis Lewis to an unidentified recipient written on September 8, 1743.

Papers: 1781, 1 item.
A letter from Francis Lewis to an unidentified recipient written on February 17, 1781.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1778, 3 items.
The papers contain correspondence between Francis Lewis and George Clinton written between November 20 and December 16, 1778. The papers include a letter from Francis Lewis to George Clinton, enclosing a spy's report to Lord Stirling on the strength of British troops around New York and advising him of Congress's plans if the British sail for South Carolina; and a draft of George Clinton's reply, in which he complains of the depreciation of paper money by British forgeries.

Papers: 1779, 1 item.
A letter from Francis Lewis to Stephen Sayre written on August 10th and 24th, 1779, and July 10, 1780. The letter contains news of military campaigns and their effects on trade, foreign relations, and Francis Lewis's own fortunes.

  • Burlingham, Charles Culp. Francis Lewis, One of the New York Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Historical Sketch. [N.p., 1926].