Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis

Male 1754 - 1844  (89 years)    Has 4 ancestors and 44 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Morgan Lewis 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 16 Oct 1754  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Apr 1844  New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I343051  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Morgan Lewis at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2002 

    Father Francis Lewis,   b. 21 Mar 1713,   d. 31 Dec 1802  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Annesley,   d. 1779 
    Family ID F143837  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gertrude Livingston,   b. 1757,   d. 1833  (Age 76 years) 
    +1. Margaret Lewis,   b. 1780,   d. 1860  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2002 
    Family ID F143836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Oct 1754 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Apr 1844 - New York City, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • statesman
      He attended the public school at Elizabethtown, NJ, and was graduated from the College of New Jersey, A.B., 1773, A.M., 1776. His intention was to devote himself to the ministry, but yielding to his father's wishes he studied law. In 1774 he joined the Continental army as a volunteer; was subsequently chosen captain of a regiment of New York militia; but upon the organization of the 2d New York militia regiment he was commissioned Major. He was appointed chief-of-staff to General Horatio Gates, with the rank of Colonel, and accompanied him into Canada, and soon after Congress appointed him Quartermaster-General of the Northern army. He was prominent throughout the campaign that ended with the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga, and in 1775 he planned and executed the night attack on Stone Arabia, and was in command at the Battle of Crown Point, where he was accompanied by Governor Clinton. At the close of the war Colonel Lewis returned to New York, where he was admitted to the bar and practised in New York city.
      He was elected a member of the assembly; became one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas; was appointed Attorney-General of the state in 1791; judge of the Supreme Court in 1792; Chief Justice in 1793; and was Governor of the state, 1804-07. In 1806 he was defeated for re-election by Daniel D. Tompkins and retired to his estate at Staatsburg, Dutchess County, NY, where he devoted much of his time to agriculture.
      Having given up the practice of law, Lewis established a cloth factory and for several years devoted himself to manufacturing. The failure of a mercantile house to which his goods were assigned caused him to discontinue the business. In 1810 he was elected to the State Senate, and he declined the position of Secretary of War in President Madison's cabinet in 1812, but accepted the appointment of Quartermaster-General of the armies of the United States. He was promoted Major-General in March, 1813, and in April repaired to the Niagara frontier. He commanded at the capture of Fort George, and also at Sacket Harbor and French Creek. In the summer of 1814 he was in command at New York. He procured the release of the American prisoners in Canada, advancing from his private fortune the money for its accomplishment, and also rewarding his own tenants who had served in or sent sons to the war, by allowing them free rent for the time they served in the army. He was a Free-mason and was elected grand master in 1831. He was president of the New York Historical Society, vice-president-general of the Society of the Cincinnati, 1829-39, and president-general, 1839-44; president of the council of the University of the City of New York, 1831-34, and a trustee of Columbia college, 1784-1804.
      Lewis County, NY is named for him.

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