1752 - Gouverneur Morris, born on the 31st of January in New York City. He was an American statesman and politician.
1768 - He graduated at King's College (now Columbia University.
1771 - Studied law, and was admitted to the bar.
1776 - 1777 - Served in the New York Provincial Congress.
1777 - 1779 - He served in the Continental Congress and was enthusiastic in his support of George Washington.
1778 - He was selected chairman of the committee to treat with Lord North's conciliation commissioners, and as such presented the famous report, adopted by a unanimous vote of Congress, which declared that the recognition of independence must precede any negotiations for peace.
1780 - He settled in Philadelphia as a lawyer, and in February he published in Philadelphia a series of essays on finance, in which he criticized the issue of legal-tenders, denounced laws passed for the benefit of the debtor class, and urged the people to tax themselves for the common good.
1781 - 1785 - He was assistant to Robert Morris (no relation), superintendent of finance.
1782 - He prepared an elaborate report on the coinage, suggesting the use of the decimal system and of the terms dollar and cent.
1787 - He bought Morrisania from Staats Long Morris, and returned to New York to live.
1789 - He went to France in February on private business, and remained abroad for nine years, passing most of the time in Paris, London, and the German capitals.
1792 - He acted as financial agent in a daring attempt to secure the escape of the king and queen from Paris.
- He was appointed United States minister to France.
1798 - He returned to New York.
1800 - 1803 - Resumed the practice of his profession, re-entered politics, and sat in the United States Senate as a Federalist.
1810 - 1816 - He was chairman of the board of canal commissioners, which after exploring the country prepared plans for the Erie Canal.
1812 - He was bitterly opposed to the war, and openly advocated the formation of a northern confederacy to escape the rule of the "Virginia dynasty".
1816 - He died at Morrisania on the 6th of November.
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