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Morris, Samuel - Capt.
Captain Samuel Morris, was born in Philadelphia June 24, 1734. He was governor of the Schuylkill fishing company of the state in Schuylkill, an institution founded in 1732 by a few choice spirits, who, under the mock forms of the state, with governor and other officers, met at stated periods of the year at the castle in Schuylkill, on the spot now known as "Eaglesâ€™ Field," to fish and dine together on the product of their sport. He was elected governor in 1776 and annually re-elected until his death in 1812. He was an active member of the Gloucester Fox Hunting club, of which he was president for some unascertained period prior to the revolution until his death. He was captain of the first troop of Philadelphia cavalry. The troop numbered in its ranks not less than twenty-two of the members of the Gloucester Fox Hunting club. Samuel Morris was captain of the troop, served through the campaign of 1776 and 1777, and took active part in the battles of Trenton and Princeton, where his brother, Anthony, who was ensign of the troop, was killed. By a complimentary order from General Washington the troop was mustered out of service January 23, 1777, at Morristown, N.J. He died on the 7th of July, 1812, at the age of 77 years. He left six sons, one of whom, Anthony, in 1793 was speaker of the State senate, and during the administration of Mr. Madison acted as an agent of the United States in Spain. He died in 1860. He married a daughter of James Pemberton, a well-known citizen of Philadelphia and Bucks county, and owner of the "Bolton Farm," in Bristol township, which he left, by will, to his grandson, James Pemberton Morris, who married Rosa Gardner, in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1816. She was a daughter of the Rev. William Gardner, D.D., of Edinburgh. Phineas Pemberton Morris, LL.D., their son, is an attorney-at-law at 404 Locust street, Philadelphia, and resides at 1827 Chestnut street. He was born on the old Bolton Farm in Bristol township, May 2, 1817. He was educated at Georgetown College, D.C., where he was graduated in 1836. He was for a long time professor of practice, pleading and evidence in the law department of the University of Pennsylvania, and has been in general practice at the Philadelphia bar for forty-five years. He ranks among the most prominent lawyers in the city. He was admitted to the bar in 1840, February 8. He is now emeritus professor of the University of Pennsylvania.
History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1887