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  1. Robert Morris, Jr.1734 - 1806
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Name Robert Morris, Jr.
Gender Male
Birth[1] 20 Jan 1734 Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Immigration[1] abt 1747 Oxford, Talbot, Maryland, United States
Marriage 2 Mar 1769 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesChrist Church
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Death[1] 9 May 1806 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


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Robert Morris, Jr. (; January 20, 1734May 8, 1806) was a Liverpool-born American merchant, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly, became the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, and was chosen as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, where he served as chairman of the "Secret Committee of Trade" and as a member of the Committee of Correspondence.

From 1781 to 1784, he served as the powerful Superintendent of Finance, managing the economy of the fledgling United States. As the central civilian in the government, Morris was, next to General George Washington, "the most powerful man in America." His successful administration led to the sobriquet, "Financier of the Revolution." At the same time he was Agent of Marine, a position he took without pay, and from which he controlled the Continental Navy.

He was one of Pennsylvania's original pair of US senators, serving from 1789 to 1795. Unwise land speculation right before the Panic of 1796–1797 led to his bankruptcy in 1798, and he spent several months in debtors' prison. After his release in 1801 he lived a quiet, private life in a modest home in Philadelphia, until 1806 when he died.

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