Robert Morris

Birth
New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 2 Jun 1815 (aged 69–70)
New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 137914434 · View Source
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Robert Morris was the son of Robert Hunter Morris (1700 – 1764) and Elizabeth Stogdell (1704 - 1778).

The Honorable Robert Morris was a New Jersey attorney and judge, serving in both state and federal courts including Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

He read law to enter the Bar in 1770 and engaged in the private practice of law in New Brunswick through 1776. He was named Chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1777, serving in that capacity until 1779. He thereafter returned to private practice until 1790.

Morris received a recess appointment from President George Washington on August 28, 1790 to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by the death of David Brearley. He was formally nominated to the seat on December 17, 1790 and was confirmed by the United States Senate and received his commission three days later.

When the Federal District of New Jersey was divided into the Eastern District of New Jersey and the Western District of New Jersey on February 13, 1801, Morris was reassigned by operation of law to both of the newly created districts. The two districts were re-consolidated into a single court on July 1, 1802, and Morris was again reassigned by operation of law to his original appointment. He served until his death, in New Brunswick.

The Honorable Robert Morris was interred in the Christ Church Episcopal Churchyard on June 4, 1815 according to the Christ Church Episcopal Churchyard burial records.


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  • Created by: Charlie Morgan
  • Added: 28 Oct 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 137914434
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Morris (1745–2 Jun 1815), Find a Grave Memorial no. 137914434, citing Christ Church Episcopal Churchyard, New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Charlie Morgan (contributor 47142894) .