John Jay

John Jay

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This article contains a short biography and fast facts and information about John Jay. Who was John Jay and why was he famous? John Jay (17451829) came to prominence as an American statesman and the first Chief Justice of the United States. He is best known as a Patriot and a Founding Father of the USA.

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The following facts about John Jay provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in creating the United States of America.

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 John Jay Fact 1John was born on December 12, 1745 in New York

 John Jay Fact 2John was the son of Peter Jay who was a wealthy trader and merchant and John's mother was Mary Van Cortlandt

 John Jay Fact 3He had ten siblings, seven of whom survived childhood

 John Jay Fact 4John was privately educated by a series of home tutors and then attended  King's College in New York City, which is now Columbia University, where he made some highly influentional friends

 John Jay Fact 5He was a revolutionary sympathizer at first a moderate, and then an ardent Patriot

 John Jay Fact 6He read law and established a law practice

 John Jay Fact 7He married Sarah Livingston, the daughter of a prominent family of Scottish descent on 28 April 1774 and they had six children

 John Jay Fact 81776: The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by the congressional representatives of the 13 Colonies of Colonial America. John Jay was not a prominent political figure during the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and was not a signatory of this famous document. (John Jay did not sign the Declaration of Independence, he was considered a Founding Father due to his role in framing the Constitution)

 John Jay Fact 9Articles of Confederation: The Articles of Confederation were started in mid 1776 and completed in 1781. On March 4, 1789, the Articles were replaced with the U.S. Constitution

 John Jay Fact 10He became a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses

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John Jay - Founding Father of the United States of America
He was one of the seven, key political leaders and statesmen who became a Founding Father of the United States of America. The seven key Founding Fathers were George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton John Jay, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The seven key "Founding Fathers" were either the "Signers of the Declaration of Independence" or the "Framers of the Constitution". John Jay did not sign the Declaration of Independence, he was considered a Founding Father due to his role in framing the Constitution.

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 John Jay Fact 11In 1777 he guided the drafting of the first New York state constitution. In the same year he was appointed chief justice of New York but left that post in December 1778 to take up the position of  president of the Continental Congress.

 John Jay Fact 12He was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs, a post he held from 17841789

 John Jay Fact 13He contributed five papers to The Federalist, dealing chiefly with the Constitution in relation to foreign affairs

 John Jay Fact 14He then became the first Chief Justice of the United States and served in the position 1789 - 1795

 John Jay Fact 15The Jay Treaty: In early 1793 France and Britain went to war and to avoid any involvement with the conflict George Washington sent Chief Justice John Jay to negotiate with the British. Alexander Hamilton largely wrote Jay's instructions and the result was the Jay Treaty.

 John Jay Fact 16He was elected governor of New York and served in the role from 1795 - 1801)

 John Jay Fact 17In 1787, he entered public life again constructed a draft for the Constitution and served another term in the Continental Congress. He spear-headed the resolve to alter the Articles of Confederation.

 John Jay Fact 18John Jay retired to his farm at Bedford in Westchester County for the remaining 28 years of his life.

 John Jay Fact 19On the night of May 14, 1829, Jay was stricken with palsy, probably caused by a stroke.

 JohnJay Fact 20He died three days later in Bedford, New York, on May 17 1829

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