Lewis Richard MORRIS, Congress, VT (1760-1825)


MORRIS, Lewis Richard, (nephew of Gouverneur Morris and Lewis Morris), a Representative from Vermont; born in Scarsdale, N.Y., November 2, 1760; attended the common schools; moved to Springfield, Vt.; secretary of foreign affairs 1781-1783; member of the Springfield meeting-house committee in 1785; tax collector in 1786 and 1787; clerk of Windsor County Court 1789-1796 and judge of the same court until 1801; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1790 and 1791; member of the convention to ratify the Federal Constitution; secretary of the constitutional convention in Windsor in 1793; brigadier general in the State militia in 1793; major general of the First Division 1795-1817; member of the State house of representatives 1795-1797 and 1803-1808, and served as speaker; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the absence of United States Representative Daniel Buck, and to the Sixth and Seventh Congresses (May 22, 1797-March 3, 1803); died in Springfield, Vt., December 29, 1825; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Charlestown, Sullivan County, N.H.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present