Erwin Thomas collection 1917-1919 (bulk 1918-1919)
Robert Morris was born in Liverpool, England, on January 20, 1734, the son of Robert Morris and Elizabeth Murphet. Morris immigrated to Maryland in 1747 and soon settled in Philadelphia, where he became a prosperous merchant. During the Revolutionary era, Morris was actively involved in the movement for independence; he was a member of the Second Continental Congress (1775-1778), a signer of the Declaration of Independence (1776), a member of the Pennsylvania assembly (1778-1781 and 1785-1787), the national superintendent of finance (1781-1784), and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787). He served in the United States Senate from 1789-1795. Despite amassing great wealth during his career, Morris lost most of his assets in the mid-1790s, leading to his incarceration from 1798-1801. Morris and his wife, Mary White, married in 1769 and had seven children. Robert Morris died on May 8, 1806.