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Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life
 
 
Author
William Howard Adams.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780300099805
Pages/Publication Date 345/2003
Daedalus Item Code 31827
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A frank, urbane, even racy politician, who kept his own counsel and spoke exactly his mind, New York aristocrat Gouverneur Morris was a significant player in the American Revolution, yet was later an astute critic of the French Revolution; he distrusted democracy, yet opposed slavery and championed civil liberties for all. Why this enigmatic founder has been obscuredólast written about by a young Teddy Rooseveltómay be, posits William Howard Adams, because he was what Alexander Hamilton called an "exotic genius," rather than an archetype of the early American. Here Adams portrays a man without cant, hypocrisy, or apology, who was in many ways ahead of his time. Morris put "We the People of the United States" at the head of the Constitution; was Washington's first minister to France; drafted the charter of the first national bank in America; and had central roles in the building of the Erie Canal and the urban planning of Manhattan.
 
 
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