Monday, October 15th, 2012

A marker recognizing the many accomplishments of Lewis Morris (1671-1746), after whom Morris County is named, has been dedicated in Morris County’s pocket park in Morristown.

Among the many prestigious positions Morris held was that of New Jersey’s first governor after it separated from its sister colony of New York.

The marker, known as the Lewis Morris Tablet, was placed in the park, with the approval of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Colonial Wars, an organization that honors events and people of the colonial era.

Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi said placing the tablet at the corner of Washington Street and Schuyler Place in the park is the perfect location.

“Lewis Morris held prestigious positions that ranged from chief justice in New York, where he was born, to our state’s first governor,” Grossi said. “As this tablet is viewed in this public space by hundreds of passers-by each day, it will help keep the memory of this great historical figure alive.”

To view photos of the dedication ceremony, click here.

The Lewis Morris Tablet lists the positions Morris held in the provinces of New York and New Jersey, which were governed jointly until 1738, including as a member of the Governor’s Council in New Jersey (1692–1738); a member of the New York General Assembly (1711–1738); Chief Justice of New York (1716–1733); and Acting Governor of New Jersey (1731).

In 1738 Morris became the first governor of New Jersey as a separate province, a role in which he served until his death on May 21, 1746.