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Francis Lewis

Member of the United States House of Representatives
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Residence: Llandaff
Country: United States
BirthDay: 21 March 1713
Sigh: Aries
Died On: December 31, 1802
Education: Westminster School, Francis Lewis High School,
BIOGRAPHY

Francis Lewis was bornon 21 March 1713 in Llandaff, American, is Member of the United States House of Representatives. Francis Lewis, one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was a businessman and politician who represented New York in the Continental Congress. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by a maiden aunt who made sure that he acquired quality education. He grew up to be a mature young man and entered mercantile business. He travelled far and wide in order to expand his business and on one such trip he was taken as a prisoner by French forces during the French and Indian War. On his return to the colonies years later, he was provided vast areas of land as compensation for the years lost. He re-established his business and took an early retirement to concentrate more on politics. Lewis was born in Wales but had migrated to America at a young age and his love for his adopted motherland was phenomenal. He was one of the earliest members of Sons of Liberty, a patriotic group that fought for the protection of colonial rights against the atrocities of the British Empire. Elected as a delegate in the First and Second Continental Congress, he signed the Olive Branch Petition hoping for a peaceful negotiation with the Royal government, and freely used his wealth to campaign for the political causes he believed in.

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1802

He spent his later years happily in the company of his children and grandchildren, and died on 31 December 1802 at the age of 89

1778

In 1778, he signed the Articles of Confederation which constituted independent America’s first constitution

1776

Declaration of Independence (1776), and for being one of the 16 signers of the Declaration who also signed the Articles of Confederation in 1781

1775

He signed the Olive Branch Petition in July 1775, which was an attempt by the Continental Congress to reach a negotiation with the British government and to avoid a full-blown war

1774

In May 1774, a Committee of Fifty was formed for protesting against the closing of the port of Boston

1765

Initially he was a supporter of the Royalists, but changed his political views after the passing of the Stamp Act 1765

1763

In 1763, he returned to the American colonies in a prisoner exchange, after seven years of captivity

1756

In August 1756, he was present at Fort Oswego when the fort was attacked by French forces

1745

Lewis married Elizabeth Annesley, the sister of his business partner Edward Annesley, in 1745

1734

He converted the properties into merchandise and traveled to New York in 1734

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