Gouverneur Morris, Favorite Founder

by Richard Brookhiser

Maggie, Washington is my favorite founder, but Gouverneur is the one I would call in the following four situations: 1) If I were sick; 2) If I were arrested; 3) If I were broke; 4) If I were giving a dinner party, and someone cancelled at the last minute. He would 1) give thoughtful advice and true sympathy; 2) post bail; 3) loan money; 4) shine at dinner, though I would not seat him next to my wife.