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Robert Morris was born in Liverpool, England. At age 13, he sailed to America to join his father Robert Morris, Sr. in the exportation of tobacco from Chesapeake Bay, [[Maryland]].<ref>[http://virtualology.com/morrisrobert.com/ Robert Morris, Virtuology.com]</ref> Robert was sent to Philadelphia for school and to work for the wealthy merchant Charles Willing. He made steady progress and grew to assume much responsibility. Charles would die leaving his son the business and his son partnered with Morris. By the start of the American Revolution, the company ''Willing
and Morris'' became one of the largest and most prosperous among the commercial merchants in Philadelphia. In 1769, Robert married the rich and accomplished twenty-year old Mary White.