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Morris (Robert) Collection
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Papers belonging to 18th century American merchant Robert Morris.
Robert Morris (1734-1806) was an American merchant known as the "financier of the American Revolution." He was a native of England and immigrated to America in 1747. In 1754, he formed a partnership with Thomas Willing, a Philadelphia merchant, and by the early 1780s had been recognized as one of the most successful merchants in the nation. He served as a member of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, superintendent of finance from 1781 to 1784, a member of the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787, and Senator of Pennsylvania from 1789 to 1795. His extensive land speculations ultimately ended in bankruptcy. Morris was in debtors' prison from 1798 to 1801 and never recovered his fortune.
10 Linear Feet (8 boxes and 1 envelope)
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