Morris Mesa

N/s Cross Bronx Exwy bet. Morris Av and Grand Concourse


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.
Morris Mesa refers to the plateau of parkland named after the prominent Morris family of the Bronx.  In 1670, brothers Richard (c.1616-1669) and Lewis Morris (c.1601-1691) bought property in the Bronx.  Today, the Bronx neighborhoods Morrisania and Morris Heights honor this family.

Three great-grandchildren of Richard Morris earned fame as statesmen: Staats Long Morris (1728-1806) served as a British officer and later in the English Parliament.  He died a resident of England.  His brother, Yale-educated Lewis Morris (1726-1798), was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He earned the rank of major general in the Westchester militia, served in the Continental Congress (1775-1777), and. worked on a committee with George Washington (1732-1799) to provide the colonies with military supplies. In 1783, Lewis sent a letter to the Continental Congress recommending that Morrisania be made capital of the United States. The suggestion went unconsidered

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