Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Robert Morris

Portrait of Robert Morris

Painting (1790) by John Trumbull (1756-1843)

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Life dates: 31 January 1735-8 May 1806
Place of Residence (1789): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation (1789): Merchant
Place of Birth: Liverpool, England
Age (March 4, 1789): 54
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Private Study
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Continental Congress
Confederation Superintendent of Finance
State Legislature
Annapolis Convention
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1795
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