Jay, John

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Born: Dec 12, 1745 AD
Died: 1829 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Jurist, Politician


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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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