Robert Morris - (1734 - 1806)

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Robert Morris Biography

"Robert Morris (Pennsylvania) is a merchant of great eminence and wealth; an able Financier, and a worthy Patriot. He has an understanding equal to any public object, and possesses an energy of mind that few Men can boast of. Although he is not learned, yet he is as great as those who are. I am told that when he speaks in the Assembly of Pennsylvania, that he bears down all before him. What could have been his reason for not Speaking in the Convention I know not,--but he never once spoke on any point. This Gentleman is about 50 years old." -- Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention by William Pierce (1787)

Robert Morris was a native of Lancashire, England, where he was born January, 1733-4 (O.S.). His father was a Liverpool merchant, who had for some years been extensively concerned in the American trade. While he was yet a boy, his father removed to America; shortly after which, he sent to England for his son, who arrived in this country at the age of thirteen
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Robert Morris Genealogy

Robert Morris (1711 - 1750)

Mary White Morris (1749 - 1827)

Son Morris
Thomas Morris (1771 - 1849)
William White Morris (1772 - 1798)
William Morris (1772 - 1840)
William White Morris (1772 - 1798)
Hester Morris Marshall (1774 - 1816)
Maria Morris Nixon (1779 - 1852)
Henry Morris (1784 - 1842)

Margaret Morris Cox (1732 - 1799)
Ann Morris Maddy Parsons (1740 - 1844)

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1734 01/31   Birth of Robert Morris
1806 05/08   Death of Robert Morris
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Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention - Pierce 1787
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Quote 993 details Share on Google+ - Quote 993 Linked In Share Button - Quote 993 In every Society also there must be some Taxes, because the necessity of supporting Government & defending the State always exist. To do these on the cheapest Terms is wise, and when it is considered how much men are disposed to indolence and profusion it will appear that (even if those demands did not require the whole of what could be raised) still it would be wise to carry Taxation to a certain amount, and expend what should remain after providing for the support of Government and the National defense in Works of public utility, such as opening of roads and Navigation.

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

Quote 994 details Share on Google+ - Quote 994 Linked In Share Button - Quote 994 For Taxes, operate two ways towards the increase of National Wealth. First they stimulate industry to provide the means of payment, secondly they encourage economy so far as to avoid the purchase of unnecessary things and keep money in readiness for the Tax gatherer.

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

Quote 992 details Share on Google+ - Quote 992 Linked In Share Button - Quote 992 Were it possible that a Society should exist in which every member would, of his own accord, industriously pursue the increase of National property without waste or extravagance, the public Wealth would be impaired by every Species of Taxation, but there never was, and unless human nature should change, there never will be such a Society. In any given number of men there will always be some who are idle and some who are extravagant.

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

Quote 996 details Share on Google+ - Quote 996 Linked In Share Button - Quote 996 ... a certain premature declaration which you know I always opposed.

Robert Morris: letter to Horatio Gates

Quote 991 details Share on Google+ - Quote 991 Linked In Share Button - Quote 991 Taxation to a certain point is not only proper but useful, because by stimulating the industry of individuals it increases the wealth of the Community. But when Taxes go so far as to intrench on the subsistence of the people they become burdensome and oppressive. The expenditures of money ought in such case to be (if possible) avoided, and if unavoidable, it will be most wise to have recourse to loans

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

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