It Happened Today in New York City
On Novermber 6, 1816, former U.S. Senator Gouverneur Morris died in the Bronx. He had advocated for a strong central government at a time when this was unpopular, encouraging new Americans to think themselves as citizens of one nation, rather than their individual states. An active and prolific delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he heavily influenced the language of the Constitution. Later, he helped New York’s progress as a commercial and economic capital by serving on the Erie Canal Commission, and was chairman until shortly before his death at the age of 64.
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