1745 – Born on the 12th of December in New York City.
1768 – He attended King’s College, the forerunner of today’s Columbia College, and began the practice of law, partnership with his relative by marriage, Robert Livingston
1774 – He believed the British tax measures were wrong and thought Americans were morally and legally justified in resisting them, but as a delegate to the First Continental Congress. He sided with those who wanted conciliation with Parliament.
1777 – Was a leader against slavery, when he drafted a state law to abolish slavery; it failed as did a second attempt.
1779 – He held the post of American Minister to Spain, before joining Ben Franklin and John Adams in Paris for the peace negotiations with Great Britain.
1784 – Served as the second Secretary of Foreign Affairs, an office which after 1789 became Secretary of State.
1789 – President George Washington appointed Jay as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and he was easily approved.
1794 – He negotiated the Jay Treaty with the British. A leader of the new Federalist party, Jay was elected Governor of New York state.
1795 – He diplomatic skills were again called upon for peace negotiations with Great Britain to resolve continuing conflicts in and around U.S. territories.
1801 – Resigned from the Supreme Court and served two terms as New York’s governor.
1802 – He declined and retired to the life of a gentleman farmer in Westchester County, New York.
1829 – Died at home on May 15, 1829. He was buried in a family plot on his son Peter’s farm in Rye, New York.