James Madison, another member of the committee, gave Morris credit for "the finish given to the style and arrangement of the Constitution."
- He was a strong proponent of separation of powers, with effective checks and balances. “[T]o minimize potential for corruption, power had to be divided between the president and the Senate. As the president was to nominate ... and as the Senate was to concur, there would be security.”
- He was an ally of James Madison and fought against splintering the nation. Only Alexander Hamilton may have been a stronger nationalist.
- He supported gun ownership. “Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.”
- Morris did not always get what he wanted. He was an abolitionist, saying he would gladly pay taxes to free all Africans, and called slavery the “curse of heaven.”
- He wanted both the House and Senate to be proportional by population, and supported the popular election of the president.
- Before the Bill of Rights, he fought for a Constitutional guarantee that anyone could practice their chosen religion without interference.