Robert Morris

Robert Morris, the Superintendent of Finance, recommended to US Congress the establishment of decimal coinage and a national mint on January 15, 1782. A Liverpool-born American merchant he financed the American Revolution, signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation AND the US Constitution. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly, chaired the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, and was chosen delegate to the Second Continental Congress where he served as chair of the Secret Committee of Trade. As Superintendent of Finance from 1781 to 1784 he was, next to General George Washington, the most powerful man in America. He was at the same time “Agent of Marine” a position he took without pay from which he controlled the Continental Navy. His portrait appeared on US $1,000 notes from 1862 to 1863 and on the $10 silver certificate from 1878 to 1880. A borough in which he owned property, Morrisville, PA, was named in his honor and there is a statue of him the town square, and a statue of him at Independence National Historical Park.
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