The disabled Founding Father who put the ‘United’ in ‘United States’

Even if you don’t know Gouverneur Morris’s name, you probably know his words. You may even have been forced to memorize a string of them in school, which start: “We the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union …”

While James Madison gets most of the credit for writing the Constitution, it was Morris who wrote the Preamble and who, in a last-minute flourish, added the word “United” to “States of America.” A congressman, senator, diplomat, attorney and vocal opponent of slavery, Morris looms large in the nation’s founding.

He was also disabled. […]

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