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Guide to the Morgan Lewis Papers
1715-1860
 MS 383

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Biographical Note

October 16, 1754 Morgan Lewis is born.
1773 Lewis graduates with high honors from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) and goes on to study law with John Jay.
1775 June Joins a rifle company at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
1775 August Becomes commander of a company of volunteers.
1775 Nov. Becomes 1st Major of the 2nd regiment, commanded by John Jay.
1776 June Appointed deputy quartermaster-general.
May 11, 1779 Marries Gertrude Livingston, daughter of Robert R. Livingston.
1785 Forms law partnership with Richard Harrison.
1789 Elected to the New York State Assembly.
1791 Nov. Becomes Attorney General of New York.
1792 Elected to the New York State Assembly.
December 24, 1792 Named to the New York Supreme Court.
October 28, 1801 Becomes chief justice of the New York Supreme Court.
1804 Defeats Aaron Burr to become governor of New York.
1804 Appoints son-in-law, Maturin Livingston (married to Lewis's daughter Margaret) to the position of recorder of New York, amidst accusations of nepotism.
1806 Maturin Livingston is removed as recorder of New York by DeWitt Clinton and the Council of Appointments.
1807 Removes the popular New York City mayor, DeWitt Clinton, from office. Defeated in his bid for re-election as governor by Daniel D. Tompkins.
1810 Elected senator in the New York Assembly.
1812 Appointed quartermaster-general with the rank of brigadier general.
1813 Appointed major general and briefly commanded the Northern Army when Major General Henry Dearborn became ill. Lewis failed to follow up on the American victory at Ft. George leading to the subsequent American defeat at Stoney Creek. He then served under Major General James Wilkinson in the ill fated attempt to take Montreal from the British troops.
1814 Assigned to the defense of New York City.
June 15, 1815 Receives honorable discharge from the United States military.
1830-1844 Serves as grandmaster of the Masonic Order of the State of New York.
1832-1836 Serves as president of the New-York Historical Society.
1839 Named an honorary member of both the Georgia Historical Society and the American Institute.
1839-1844 Serves as president general of the Society of the Cincinnati.
April 7, 1844 Morgan Lewis dies.