Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816) was an important political figure on both the state and national stages. Born at his family estate of Morrisania, in what is now the Bronx, Gouverneur Morris entered New York politics in 1777, when he was elected to the New York Provincial Congress. From 1777 to 1778, he, John Jay and Robert Livingston wrote the New York State Constitution. At the national level, Morris was instrumental in securing the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of religious toleration, but was unsuccessful in his fight to abolish slavery and institute a strong executive.
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