lewis morris was born on april 8 1726 in ,morisania, a city in new york. he went to yale college and graduated in 1746. he got married to mary walton on september 24 1749 and had ten children. he was part of a family of nine until his mom died. however his father got remarried to sarah gouverneur. his father died in 1762 and lewis took a huge amount of land. lewis went to the continental congress in april 1775 after his election from new york colonists. it got delayed to may 15 1775 and when he went he was selected to help make peace with the indians until march 1776. the committee led by george washington agreed to meet july 2 1776 and declare independence on july 4 1776. lewis was one of the 56 signers of the declaration of independence. he did not care of the possible consequences. after being a member of the continental congress for 2 years from 1775 to 1777 he served as a new york state senator. he served from 1777 to 1781 and 1784 to 1788.