Colonial dating in 1776
The tax collector later wrote that if he had not complied he feared his house would have been torn down “brick by brick.” In 1769, Willing and Morris organized the first non-importation agreement, which ended the slave trade in the Philadelphia region for good.
Robert Morris married Mary White on March 2, 1769 and they had seven children.
Robert set to work, and in his twenties he took some of his earnings and joined a few friends in creating the London Coffee House, an institution which the Philadelphia Stock Exchange claims as its origin.
His father, Robert Morris, Sr., was born at Liverpool in 1700 and was an ironworker.Mary was a sister of William White, bishop for fifty years in the American Episcopal Church.A year later, in 1770, he bought an eighty acre farm on the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River where he built a home he named “The Hills” in an area that is now Fairmount Park.He immigrated to America and began building a successful career in Oxford, Maryland.He came to Maryland about 1738 as agent for Foster, Cunliffe and Sons of Liverpool, for whom he purchased and shipped baled leaf tobacco to England.