Robert Morris (1734-1806)
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 29 × 24 1/2 in. (73.7 × 62.2 cm) Framed: 36 in. × 31 1/2 in. × 3 1/4 in. (91.4 × 80 × 8.3 cm)
Statesman, financier, and patriot Robert Morris was born in England, was sent to live with his father in Maryland as a boy, and grew up in Philadelphia. He was an early supporter of the Revolutionary cause, served in the first Continental Congress, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served in the Pennsylvania assembly and was a U.S. senator from that state from 1789 to 1795. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his son, who inherited Stuart's 1795 original.
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Gift of Thomas Morris
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