Gouverneur Morris wrote the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. As a statesman from New York, Morris made many contributions to early American society, including being an outspoken advocate of the abolition of slavery.
Gouverneur Morris was born on Jan. 31, 1752 to a wealthy landowner in New York. His wealthy upbringing allowed him to receive a high quality education, including his own personal French tutor. This led him to obtain a law degree in 1771. His educational background as well as his legendary wit got him elected to the Constitutional Convention. He was so active in the formation of the U.S. Constitution, that Theodore Roosevelt later said of him, "There are few men of his generation to whom the country owes more than to Gouverneur Morris."