Robert Morris (1734 - 1806)

Robert Morris (1734 - 1806) (HM5VG)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 56.868', W 75° 8.917'

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Financier of the Revolution

Robert Morris risked his life, wealth, and reputation to help create the United States of America. A patriot, he signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and U.S. Constitution.
An immigrant orphaned at 16, Robert Morris became a partner in a leading Philadelphia mercantile firm, the Willing & Morris Company, by the age of 22. The company traded throughout Europe, America, and the West Indies. Like many merchants, their cargo included grain, animal hides, and enslaved Americans.
During the Revolutionary War, Morris used his genius for finance and his maritime trading connections to secure vital funds and supplies for the Continental Army.
As Superintendent of Finance (1781-1784), Morris rescued the new nation from financial ruin. He stabilized the economy by creating the first national bank, a model for our modern banking system. As one of the first U.S. senators from Pennsylvania (1789-1795), Morris was instrumental in making Philadelphia the temporary capital during the construction of Washington, D.C.
One of the wealthiest men in America, Morris speculated heavily in land. Overextended, he fell into bankruptcy and spent three years in debtors' prison. Robert Morris lived modestly until his death in 1806, while the new nation he did so much to create prospered and grew.
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HM NumberHM5VG
Series This marker is part of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series
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Placed ByIndependence National Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:52pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487304 N 4421974
Decimal Degrees39.94780000, -75.14861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.868', W 75° 8.917'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 52.08" N, 75° 8' 55.02" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 414 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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