Lewis Morris (April 8, 1726–January 22, 1798) was an American landowner and developer from Morrisania, New York. He signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence as a delegate to the Continental Congress for New York.
This Morris was the third to be named Lewis, and was born on the family estate of Morrisania. He was the son of Lewis and Katrintje or Catherine (Staats) Moris. His great grandfather (Richard, died 1672) had immigrated to New York through Barbados after being part of Oliver Cromwell's army in the English Civil War of 1648. He purchased the first tract of land in The Bronx that became the basis for the Morrisania manor. When Richard and his young wife died, leaving behind an infant son named Lewis, it was Richard's brother, Colonel Lewis Morris, also of Barbados, who came to Morrisania to help manage the estate formerly belonging to his late-brother and now his infant nephew. Eventually the infant Lewis Morris (1671-1746) inherited the estate of his father after the death of his uncle, Col. Lewis Morris, and his wife, who were childless. This Lewis Morris married a woman named Isabella and then expanded and patented the estate and was also Governor of New Jersey.
When his father died in 1762, he inherited the bulk of the estate. A prominent land owner in colonial New York, Lewis was appointed as a judge of the Admiralty Court for the province in 1760. As the Revolution drew near, he resigned this post in 1774. He was elected to the Colonial Assembly in 1769.
In Congress, he was an active supporter of independence, and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. When warned by his brother of the consequences that would follow his signing of the rebellious document, Morris stated, "Damn the consequences. Give me the pen."
Lewis returned to New York in 1777, serving the new state government in its Senate from 1778 to 1781 and again from 1783 to 1790. His younger half-brother Gouverneur Morris was named to his seat in the Congress. When the New York convention met to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788 he was one of the delegates.
Morris had to rebuild the family estate after the Revolution, since it had been looted and burned by the British when they occupied New York. In 1790, he offered the land, now part of the South Bronx neighborhood of Morrisania as the site of the US capital. He died on the estate, and is buried in the family vault beneath St. Anne's Episcopal Church in the Bronx.
STATEMENT BY LEWIS MORRIS CHIEF COUNSEL OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS) ON IMPROVING EFFORTS TO COMBAT HEALTH CARE FRAUD BEFORE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.
Apr 27, 2011; WASHINGTON, DC -- The following information was released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Statement by Lewis...