Judge Richard Valentine Morris

Morrisania, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 1815 (aged 46–47)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 103118952 View Source

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, State of New York. He had also been a Commodore in the United States Navy.

Over 300 burials are said to be interred in the Morris Vault at St. Anne's. See Godey's Magazine Volume 132 Page 72

He was born on March 8, 1768, in Morrisania, then a town in Westchester County, which became in 1898 a neighborhood in the borough of the Bronx, New York City. He was the son of Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Appointed as Captain on 7 June 1798, Morris was in command of Adams, during the Quasi-War with France and made several successful captures of French vessels. At the reduction of the US Navy after the war with France, Morris was retained as fifth in rank and recalled to command the Mediterranean Squadron in 1802 during the First Barbary War. In command of Chesapeake, Morris led an unsuccessful blockade of Tripoli, mostly remaining in Gibraltar for the better part of 1803. Morris was relieved of duty and command of the squadron would turn over to Edward Preble in Constitution. Recalled to the United States, Morris faced a court of inquiry which decided that he had not "discovered due diligence and activity in annoying the enemy". On May 16, 1804, Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith, with the agreement of President Thomas Jefferson, revoked his captaincy in the U.S. Navy and dismissed him from the service.

Morris was a Federalist member of the New York State Assembly (Westchester Co.) in 1814.

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From "The Story of the Bronx" By Stephen Jenkins 1912 Page 269.

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