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John Jay
John Jay
(December 12, 1745 – May 17, 1829)[1] was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, negotiator and signatory of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, second Governor of New York, and the first Chief Justice of the United States (1789–1795). He directed U.S. foreign policy for much of the 1780s and was an important leader of the Federalist Party
Federalist Party
after the ratification of the United States Constitution
United States Constitution
in 1788. Jay was born into a wealthy family of merchants and New York City government officials of Dutch descent. He became a lawyer and joined the New York Committee of Correspondence, organizing opposition to British policies in the time preceding the American Revolution. Jay was elected to the Second Continental Congress, and served as President of the Congress. From 1779 to 1782, Jay served as the ambassador to Spain; he persuaded Spain to provide financial aid to the fledgling United States. He also served as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris, in which Britain recognized American independence. Following the end of the war, Jay served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, directing United States foreign policy under the Articles of Confederation government. He also served as the first Secretary of State on an interim basis. A proponent of strong, centralized government, Jay worked to ratify the United States Constitution
United States Constitution
in New York in 1788. He was a co-author of "The Federalist Papers" along with Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
and James Madison, and wrote five of the 85 essays. After the establishment of the new federal government, Jay was appointed by President George Washington as the first Chief Justice of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1795. The Jay Court
Jay Court
experienced a light workload, deciding just four cases over six years. In 1794, while serving as Chief Justice, Jay negotiated the highly controversial Jay Treaty
Jay Treaty
with Britain. Jay received a handful of electoral votes in three of the first four presidential elections, but never undertook a serious bid for the presidency. Jay served as the Governor of New York
Governor of New York
from 1795 to 1801. Long an opponent of slavery, he helped enact a law that provided for the gradual emancipation of slaves, and the institution of slavery was abolished in New York in Jay's lifetime. In the waning days of President John Adams's administration, Jay was confirmed by the Senate for another term as Chief Justice, but he declined the position and retired to his farm in Westchester County, New York.


1 Early life and education

1.1 Family history 1.2 Education 1.3 Entrance into lawyering and politics

2 Marriage and family

2.1 Jay family homes in Rye and Bedford

3 Personal views

3.1 Slavery 3.2 Religion

4 During the American Revolution 5 As a diplomat

5.1 Minister to Spain 5.2 Peace Commissioner 5.3 Secretary of Foreign Affairs

6 Federalist articles 7 The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers
1788 8 The Jay court

8.1 Cases

9 1792 campaign for Governor of New York 10 Jay's Treaty 11 Governor of New York 12 Retirement from politics 13 Death 14 Legacy

14.1 Places 14.2 Postage 14.3 Schools 14.4 Literature 14.5 Papers

15 See also 16 Notes 17 References and bibliography

17.1 Primary sources

18 External links

Early life and education[edit]

Coat of Arms of John Jay

Family history[edit] The Jays were a prominent merchant family in New York City, descended from Huguenots who had come to New York to escape religious persecution in France. In 1685 the Edict of Nantes had been revoked, thereby abolishing the rights of Protestants and confiscating their property. Among those affected was Jay's paternal grandfather, Augustus Jay. He moved from France with his sister Saint Jay to the Virginia Colonies and then New York, where he built a successful merchant empire.[2] Jay's father, Peter Jay, born in New York City
New York City
in 1704, became a wealthy trader in furs, wheat, timber, and other commodities.[3] Jay's mother was Mary Van Cortlandt, who had married Peter Jay in 1728, in the Dutch Church.[3] They had ten children together, seven of whom survived into adulthood.[4] Mary's father, Jacobus Van Cortlandt, had been born in New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam
in 1658. Cortlandt served on the New York Assembly, was twice mayor of New York City, and also held a variety of judicial and military offices. Two of his children (the other one being his son Frederick) married into the Jay family. Jay was born on December 23, 1745 (following the Gregorian calendar), in New York City; only three months later the family moved to Rye, New York, when Peter Jay retired from business following a smallpox epidemic that had blinded two of his children.[5] Education[edit] Jay spent his childhood in Rye. He was educated there by his mother until he was eight years old, when he was sent to New Rochelle to study under Anglican priest Pierre Stoupe.[6] In 1756, after three years, he would return to homeschooling in Rye under the tutelage of his mother and George Murray. In 1760, Jay attended King's College which is now known as Columbia University as an undergraduate. He entered college at the age of 14.[7][8] During this time, Jay made many influential friends, including his closest, Robert Livingston—the son of a prominent New York aristocrat and Supreme Court justice.[9] Jay took the same political stand as his father, a staunch Whig.[10] In 1764 he graduated from King's College[11] and became a law clerk for Benjamin Kissam (1728–1782), a prominent lawyer, politician, and sought after instructor in the law. In addition to Jay, his students included Lindley Murray.[4] Entrance into lawyering and politics[edit] In 1768, after reading law and being admitted to the bar of New York, Jay, with the money from the government, established a legal practice and worked there until he created his own law office in 1771.[4] He was a member of the New York Committee of Correspondence
Committee of Correspondence
in 1774[12] and became its secretary, which was his first public role in the revolution. Jay represented the conservative faction that was interested in protecting property rights and in preserving the rule of law, while resisting what it regarded as British violations of American rights.[13] This faction feared the prospect of "mob rule". 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
First Continental Congress
in 1774,[14] Jay sided with those who wanted conciliation with Parliament. Events such as the burning of Norfolk, Virginia, by British troops in January 1776 pushed Jay to support independence. With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, he worked tirelessly for the revolutionary cause and acted to suppress the Loyalists. Jay evolved into first a moderate, and then an ardent Patriot, because he had decided that all the colonies' efforts at reconciliation with Britain were fruitless and that the struggle for independence, which became the American Revolution, was inevitable.[15] Marriage and family[edit]

Drawing of Sarah Jay by Robert Edge Pine

On April 28, 1774, Jay married Sarah Van Brugh Livingston, eldest daughter of the New Jersey Governor William Livingston
William Livingston
and his wife. At the time of the marriage, Sarah was seventeen years old and John was twenty-eight.[16] All together they had six children: Peter, Augustus, Susan, Maria, Ann, William and Sarah Louisa. She accompanied Jay to Spain and later was with him in Paris, where they and their children resided with Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
at Passy.[17] Jay's brother-in-law Henry Brock Livingston was lost at sea through the disappearance of the Continental Navy
Continental Navy
ship Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. While in Paris, as a diplomat to France, Jay's father died. This event forced extra responsibility onto Jay. His brother and sister Peter and Anna, both blinded by smallpox in childhood,[18] became his responsibility. His brother Augustus suffered from mental disabilities that required Jay to provide not only financial but emotional support. His brother Fredrick was in constant financial trouble, causing Jay additional stress. Meanwhile, his brother James was in direct opposition in the political arena, joining the loyalist faction of the New York State Senate at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, which made him an embarrassment to Jay's family.[19]

Jay's childhood home in Rye, NY
Rye, NY
is a New York State Historic Site
New York State Historic Site
and Westchester County Park.

Jay family homes in Rye and Bedford[edit] Two of Jay's homes, both located in Westchester County, have been designated National Historic Landmarks. From the age of three months old until he attended Kings College in 1760, Jay was raised in Rye, on a farm acquired by his father Peter in 1745 that overlooked Long Island Sound.[20] After negotiating the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War, Jay returned to his childhood home to celebrate with his family and friends in July, 1784.[21] Jay inherited this property upon the death of his older brother Peter in 1813 after Jay had already established himself at Katonah. He conveyed the Rye property to his eldest son, Peter Augustus Jay, in 1822. This property remained in the Jay family through 1904. What remains of the original 400-acre (1.6 km2) property is a 23-acre (93,000 m2) parcel called the Jay Estate. In the center rises the 1838 Peter Augustus Jay
Peter Augustus Jay
House, built by Peter Augustus Jay over the footprint of his father's ancestral home, "The Locusts"; pieces of the original 18th century farmhouse were incorporated into the 19th century structure. Stewardship of the site and several of its buildings for educational use was entrusted in 1990 by the New York State Board of Regents to the Jay Heritage Center.[22][23] In 2013, the non-profit Jay Heritage Center
Jay Heritage Center
was also awarded stewardship and management of the site's landscape which includes a meadow and gardens.[24][25]

Jay's retirement home near Katonah, New York, is a New York State Historic Site.

As an adult, Jay inherited land from his grandparents and built Bedford House, located near Katonah, New York
Katonah, New York
where he moved in 1801 with his wife Sarah to pursue retirement. This property passed down to their younger son William Jay (jurist)
William Jay (jurist)
and his descendants. It was acquired by New York State in 1958 and named "The John Jay
John Jay
Homestead." Today this 62 acre park is preserved as the John Jay
John Jay
Homestead State Historic Site.[26] Both homes in Rye and Katonah are open to the public for tours and programs. Personal views[edit] Slavery[edit]

"Every man of every color and description has a natural right to freedom" - John Jay, February 27, 1792

Main article: Slavery in New York Jay was a slaveholder, as were many wealthy New Yorkers during the time period. However, in 1774 Jay drafted the Address to the People of Great Britain,[27] which draws upon the image of slavery and compares the British treatment of blacks to the British treatment of all the colonists.[28] Such comparisons between British treatment of blacks and of the colonists was common.[29][30] Jay took a more active leadership role to abolish slavery after 1777, when he drafted a state law to that purpose. It failed to gain passage, as did a second abolition law in 1785.[31] Jay was "pushing at an open door"; every member of the New York legislature (but one) had voted for some form of emancipation in 1785, but they differed on what rights to give the free blacks afterward. Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
both supported this bill and introduced an amendment calling for immediate abolition.[32] Numerous slaveholders independently freed their slaves after the Revolution, but thousands were held in New York City especially. Jay was the founder and president of the New York Manumission Society in 1785, which organized boycotts against newspapers and merchants involved in the slave trade, and provided legal counsel for free blacks claimed or kidnapped as slaves.[33] The Society helped enact the 1799 law for gradual emancipation of slaves in New York, which Jay signed into law as governor. "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery" provided that, from July 4 of that year, all children born to slave parents would be free (subject to lengthy apprenticeships) and that slave exports would be prohibited. These same children would be required to serve the mother’s owner until age 28 for males and age 25 for females, years beyond the typical period of indenture. The law thus defined a type of indentured servant while providing for eventual freedom for children born to slaves. It did not provide government payment of compensation to the owners. It also provided legal protection and assistance for free blacks kidnapped for the purposes of being sold into slavery.[34] All slaves were emancipated by July 4, 1827. The process in New York may perhaps have been the largest total emancipation in North America between 1783 and 1861.[35][36][37][38][39] In the close 1792 election, Jay's antislavery work was thought to hurt his election chances in upstate New York Dutch areas, where slavery was still practiced.[40] In 1794, in the process of negotiating the Jay Treaty
Jay Treaty
with the British, Jay angered many Southern slave-owners when he dropped their demands for compensation for slaves who had been freed and transported by the British to other areas after the Revolution.[41] He had made a practice of buying slaves and freeing them as adults, after he judged their labors had been a reasonable return on their price. In 1798 he still owned eight slaves, the year before the emancipation act was passed.[42] Religion[edit] Jay was a member of the Church of England, and later of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America after the American Revolution. Since 1785, Jay had been a warden of Trinity Church, New York. As Congress's Secretary for Foreign Affairs, he supported the proposal after the Revolution that the Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury
approve the ordination of bishops for the Episcopal Church in the United States.[42] He argued unsuccessfully in the provincial convention for a prohibition against Catholics
holding office.[43] Jay, who served as vice-president (1816–21) and president (1821–27) of the American Bible Society,[44] believed that the most effective way of ensuring world peace was through propagation of the Christian gospel. In a letter addressed to Pennsylvania
House of Representatives member John Murray, dated October 12, 1816, Jay wrote, "Real Christians will abstain from violating the rights of others, and therefore will not provoke war. Almost all nations have peace or war at the will and pleasure of rulers whom they do not elect, and who are not always wise or virtuous. Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."[45] He also expressed a belief that the moral precepts of Christianity were necessary for good government, saying, "No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian Religion. Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance, we will then, be surely doomed."[46] During the American Revolution[edit] Having established a reputation as a reasonable moderate in New York, Jay was elected to serve as delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses which debated whether the colonies should declare independence. Jay was originally in favor of rapprochement. He helped write the Olive Branch Petition
Olive Branch Petition
which urged the British government to reconcile with the colonies. As the necessity and inevitability of war became evident, Jay threw his support behind the revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Jay's views became more radical as events unfolded; he became an ardent separatist and attempted to move New York towards that cause.

The Treaty of Paris; Jay stands farthest to the left

In 1774, at the close of the Continental Congress, Jay returned to New York.[47] There he served on New York City's Committee of Sixty,[48] where he attempted to enforce a non-importation agreement passed by the First Continental Congress.[47] Jay was elected to the third New York Provincial Congress, where he drafted the Constitution of New York, 1777;[49] his duties as a New York Congressman prevented him from voting on or signing the Declaration of Independence.[47] Jay served on the committee to detect and defeat conspiracies, which monitored British Actions.[50] New York's Provincial Congress elected Jay the Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court
New York Supreme Court
of Judicature on May 8, 1777,[47][51] which he served on for two years.[47] The Continental Congress
Continental Congress
turned to Jay, a political adversary of the previous president Henry Laurens, only three days after Jay became a delegate and elected him President of the Continental Congress. In previous congresses, Jay had moved from a position of seeking conciliation with Britain to advocating separation sooner than Laurens. Eight states voted for Jay and four for Laurens. Jay served as President of the Continental Congress
President of the Continental Congress
from December 10, 1778, to September 28, 1779. It was a largely ceremonial position without real power, and indicated the resolve of the majority and the commitment of the Continental Congress.[52] As a diplomat[edit] Minister to Spain[edit] On September 27, 1779, Jay was appointed Minister to Spain. His mission was to get financial aid, commercial treaties and recognition of American independence. The royal court of Spain refused to officially receive Jay as the Minister of the United States,[53] as it refused to recognize American Independence until 1783, fearing that such recognition could spark revolution in their own colonies. Jay, however, convinced Spain to loan $170,000 to the US government.[54] He departed Spain on May 20, 1782.[53] Peace Commissioner[edit] Main article: Treaty of Paris (1783) On June 23, 1782, Jay reached Paris, where negotiations to end the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
would take place.[55] Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
was the most experienced diplomat of the group, and thus Jay wished to lodge near him, in order to learn from him.[56] The United States agreed to negotiate with Britain separately, then with France.[57] In July 1782, the Earl of Shelburne
Earl of Shelburne
offered the Americans independence, but Jay rejected the offer on the grounds that it did not recognize American independence during the negotiations; Jay's dissent halted negotiations until the fall.[57] The final treaty dictated that the United States would have Newfoundland fishing rights, Britain would acknowledge the United States as independent and would withdraw its troops in exchange for the United States ending the seizure of Loyalist property and honoring private debts.[57][58] The treaty granted the United States independence, but left many border regions in dispute, and many of its provisions were not enforced.[57] John Adams credited Jay with having the central role in the negotiations noting he was “of more importance than any of the rest of us.” [59] Secretary of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Jay as he appears at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Jay served as the second Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1784 to 1789, when in September, Congress passed a law giving certain additional domestic responsibilities to the new Department and changing its name to the Department of State. Jay served as acting Secretary of State until March 22, 1790. Jay sought to establish a strong and durable American foreign policy: to seek the recognition of the young independent nation by powerful and established foreign European powers; to establish a stable American currency and credit supported at first by financial loans from European banks; to pay back America's creditors and to quickly pay off the country's heavy War-debt; to secure the infant nation's territorial boundaries under the most-advantageous terms possible and against possible incursions by the Indians, Spanish, the French and the English; to solve regional difficulties among the colonies themselves; to secure Newfoundland fishing rights; to establish a robust maritime trade for American goods with new economic trading partners; to protect American trading vessels against piracy; to preserve America's reputation at home and abroad; and to hold the country together politically under the fledgling Articles of Confederation.[60] Federalist articles[edit] Main article: Federalist No. 2

"With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice, that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country, to one united people; a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general Liberty and Independence."

- John Jay[61][62]

Federalist No. 2
Federalist No. 2
is an article written by John Jay
John Jay
as the second essay of The Federalist Papers, a series of 85 essays arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution. These essays, written by Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, were published under the pseudonym "Publius".[63] Federalist No. 2, titled "Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence",[64] was published on October 31, 1787, as the first of five essays written by Jay. The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers

"Those who own the country ought to govern it."

—John Jay[65]

Jay believed his responsibility was not matched by a commensurate level of authority, so he joined Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
and James Madison in advocating for a stronger government than the one dictated by the Articles of Confederation.[4][66] He argued in his Address to the People of the State of New-York, on the Subject of the Federal Constitution that the Articles of Confederation
Articles of Confederation
were too weak and an ineffective form of government. He contended that:

The Congress under the Articles of Confederation
Articles of Confederation
may make war, but are not empowered to raise men or money to carry it on—they may make peace, but without power to see the terms of it observed—they may form alliances, but without ability to comply with the stipulations on their part—they may enter into treaties of commerce, but without power to [e]nforce them at home or abroad...—In short, they may consult, and deliberate, and recommend, and make requisitions, and they who please may regard them.[67]

Jay did not attend the Constitutional Convention but joined Hamilton and Madison in aggressively arguing in favor of the creation of a new and more powerful, centralized but balanced system of government. Writing under the shared pseudonym of "Publius,"[68] they articulated this vision in The Federalist Papers, a series of eighty-five articles written to persuade New York state convention members to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States.[69] Jay wrote the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixty-fourth articles. All except the sixty-fourth concerned the "[d]angers from [f]oreign [f]orce and [i]nfluence"; the sixty-fourth touches upon this matter insofar as it treats the role of the Senate in making foreign treaties.[70] The Jay court[edit] See also: Jay Court In September 1789, George Washington
George Washington
offered him the position of Secretary of State (which, though technically a new position, would have continued Jay's service as Secretary of Foreign Affairs); he declined. Washington responded by offering him the new title—which Washington stated "must be regarded as the keystone of our political fabric"—as Chief Justice of the United States, which Jay accepted. Washington officially nominated Jay on September 24, 1789, the same day he signed the Judiciary Act of 1789
Judiciary Act of 1789
(which created the position of Chief Justice) into law.[66] Jay was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate
United States Senate
on September 26, 1789; Washington signed and sealed Jay's commission the same day. Jay swore his oath of office on October 19, 1789.[71] Washington also nominated John Rutledge, William Cushing, Robert Harrison, James Wilson, and John Blair Jr.
John Blair Jr.
as Associate Judges.[72] Harrison declined the appointment, however, and Washington appointed James Iredell
James Iredell
to fill the final seat on the Court.[73] Jay would later serve with Thomas Johnson,[74] who took Rutledge's seat,[75] and William Paterson, who took Johnson's seat.[75] While Chief Justice, Jay was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
in 1790.[76] The Court's business through its first three years primarily involved the establishment of rules and procedure; reading of commissions and admission of attorneys to the bar; and the Justices' duties in "riding circuit," or presiding over cases in the circuit courts of the various federal judicial districts. No convention existed that precluded the involvement of Supreme Court Justices in political affairs, and Jay used his light workload as a Justice to freely participate in the business of Washington's administration. He used his circuit riding to spread word throughout the states of Washington's commitment to neutrality, then published reports of French minister Edmond-Charles Genet's campaign to win American support for France. However, Jay also established an early precedent for the Court's independence in 1790, when Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
wrote to Jay requesting the Court's endorsement of legislation that would assume the debts of the states. Jay replied that the Court's business was restricted to ruling on the constitutionality of cases being tried before it and refused to allow it to take a position either for or against the legislation.[77] Cases[edit]

[T]he people are the sovereign of this country, and consequently ... fellow citizens and joint sovereigns cannot be degraded by appearing with each other in their own courts to have their controversies determined. The people have reason to prize and rejoice in such valuable privileges, and they ought not to forget that nothing but the free course of constitutional law and government can ensure the continuance and enjoyment of them. For the reasons before given, I am clearly of opinion that a State is suable by citizens of another State.

John Jay
John Jay
in the court opinion of Chisholm v. Georgia[78]

The Court heard only four cases during Jay's Chief Justiceship. Its first case did not occur until early in the Court's third term, with West v. Barnes
West v. Barnes
(1791). The Court had an early opportunity to establish the principle of judicial review in the United States with the case, which involved a Rhode Island
Rhode Island
state statute permitting the lodging of a debt payment in paper currency. Instead of grappling with the constitutionality of the law, however, the Court unanimously decided the case on procedural grounds, strictly interpreting statutory requirements.[72] In Hayburn's Case
Hayburn's Case
(1792), the Jay Court
Jay Court
made no decision other than to continue the case to a later date, and in the meantime Congress changed the law. The case was about whether a federal statute could require the courts to decide whether petitioning American Revolution veterans qualified for pensions, a non-judicial function. The Jay Court wrote a letter to President Washington to say that determining whether petitioners qualified was an "act ... not of a judicial nature,"[79] and that because the statute allowed the legislature and the executive branch to revise the court's ruling, the statute violated the separation of powers as dictated by the United States Constitution.[79][80][81] In Chisholm v. Georgia
Chisholm v. Georgia
(1793), the Jay Court
Jay Court
had to answer the question: "Was the state of Georgia subject to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the federal government?"[82] In a 4–1 ruling (Iredell dissented and Rutledge did not participate), the Jay Court ruled in favor of two South Carolinan Loyalists who had had their land seized by Georgia. This ruling sparked debate, as it implied that old debts must be paid to Loyalists.[72] The ruling was overturned when the Eleventh Amendment was ratified, as it ruled that the judiciary could not rule on cases where a state was being sued by a citizen of another state or foreign country.[4][72] The case was brought again to the Supreme Court in Georgia v. Brailsford, and the Court reversed its decision.[83][84] However, Jay's original Chisholm decision established that states were subject to judicial review.[82][85] In Georgia v. Brailsford, the Court upheld jury instructions stating "you [jurors] have ... a right to take upon yourselves to ... determine the law as well as the fact in controversy." Jay noted for the jury the "good old rule, that on questions of fact, it is the province of the jury, on questions of law, it is the province of the court to decide," but this amounted to no more than a presumption that the judges were correct about the law. Ultimately, "both objects [the law and the facts] are lawfully within your power of decision."[86][87] 1792 campaign for Governor of New York[edit] In 1792, Jay was the Federalist candidate for governor of New York, but he was defeated by Democratic-Republican
George Clinton. Jay received more votes than George Clinton; but, on technicalities, the votes of Otsego, Tioga and Clinton counties were disqualified and, therefore, not counted, giving George Clinton a slight plurality.[88] The State constitution said that the cast votes shall be delivered to the secretary of state "by the sheriff or his deputy"; but, for example, the Otsego County Sheriff's term had expired, so that legally, at the time of the election, the office of Sheriff was vacant and the votes could not be brought to the State capital. Clinton partisans in the State legislature, the State courts, and Federal offices were determined not to accept any argument that this would, in practice, violate the constitutional right to vote of the voters in these counties. Consequently, these votes were disqualified.[89] Jay's Treaty[edit]

The Jay Treaty

Main article: Jay's Treaty Relations with Britain verged on war in 1794. British exports dominated the U.S. market, while American exports were blocked by British trade restrictions and tariffs. Britain still occupied northern forts that it had agreed to surrender in the Treaty of Paris. Britain’s impressment of American sailors and seizure of naval and military supplies bound to enemy ports on neutral ships also created conflict.[90] Madison proposed a trade war, "A direct system of commercial hostility with Great Britain," assuming that Britain was so weakened by its war with France that it would agree to American terms and not declare war.[91] Washington rejected that policy and sent Jay as a special envoy to Great Britain to negotiate a new treaty; Jay remained Chief Justice. Washington had Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
write instructions for Jay that were to guide him in the negotiations.[92] In March 1795, the resulting treaty, known as the Jay Treaty, was brought to Philadelphia.[92] When Hamilton, in an attempt to maintain good relations, informed Britain that the United States would not join the Danish and Swedish governments to defend their neutral status, Jay lost most of his leverage. The treaty eliminated Britain's control of northwestern posts[93] and granted the United States "most favored nation" status,[90] and the U.S. agreed to restricted commercial access to the British West Indies.[90] The treaty did not resolve American grievances about neutral shipping rights and impressment,[41] and the Democratic-Republicans denounced it, but Jay, as Chief Justice, decided not to take part in the debates.[94] The continued British impressment of American ships would lead, in part, to the War of 1812.[95] The failure to get compensation for slaves taken by the British during the Revolution "was a major reason for the bitter Southern opposition".[96] Jefferson and Madison, fearing a commercial alliance with aristocratic Britain might undercut republicanism, led the opposition. However, Washington put his prestige behind the treaty and Hamilton and the Federalists mobilized public opinion.[97] The Senate ratified the treaty by a 20–10 vote (just enough to meet the two-thirds majority requirement).[90][93] Democratic-Republicans were incensed at what they perceived as a betrayal of American interests, and Jay was denounced by protesters with such graffiti as "Damn John Jay! Damn everyone who won't damn John Jay!! Damn everyone that won't put lights in his windows and sit up all night damning John Jay!!!" One newspaper editor wrote, "John Jay, ah! the arch traitor – seize him, drown him, burn him, flay him alive."[98] Jay himself quipped that he could travel at night from Boston to Philadelphia
solely by the light of his burning effigies.[99] Governor of New York[edit]

Gubernatorial portrait of John Jay

Certificate of Election of John Jay
John Jay
as Governor of New York
Governor of New York
(June 6, 1795)

While in Britain, Jay was elected in May 1795, as the second governor of New York (succeeding George Clinton) as a Federalist. He resigned from the Supreme Court service on June 29, 1795, and served six years as governor until 1801. As governor, he received a proposal from Hamilton to gerrymander New York for the presidential election of that year;[when?] he marked the letter "Proposing a measure for party purposes which it would not become me to adopt", and filed it without replying.[100] President John Adams
John Adams
then renominated him to the Supreme Court; the Senate quickly confirmed him, but he declined, citing his own poor health[66] and the court's lack of "the energy, weight and dignity which are essential to its affording due support to the national government."[101] After Jay's rejection of the position, Adams successfully nominated John Marshall
John Marshall
as Chief Justice. While governor, Jay ran in the 1796 presidential election, winning five electoral votes, and in the 1800 election, winning one vote. Retirement from politics[edit] In 1801, Jay declined both the Federalist renomination for governor and a Senate-confirmed nomination to resume his former office as Chief Justice of the United States, retiring to the life of a farmer in Westchester County, New York. Soon after his retirement, his wife died.[102] Jay remained in good health, continued to farm and, with one notable exception, stayed out of politics.[103] In 1819, he wrote a letter condemning Missouri's bid for admission to the union as a slave state, saying that slavery "ought not to be introduced nor permitted in any of the new states".[104] Midway through Jay's retirement in 1814, both he and his son Peter Augustus Jay were elected members of the American Antiquarian Society.[105] Death[edit] On the night of May 14, 1829, Jay was stricken with palsy, probably caused by a stroke. He lived for three days, dying in Bedford, New York, on May 17.[106] Jay had chosen to be buried in Rye, where he lived as a boy. In 1807, he had transferred the remains of his wife Sarah Livingston and those of his colonial ancestors from the family vault in the Bowery in Manhattan to Rye, establishing a private cemetery. Today, the Jay Cemetery is an integral part of the Boston Post Road Historic District, adjacent to the historic Jay Estate. The Cemetery is maintained by the Jay descendants and closed to the public. It is the oldest active cemetery associated with a figure from the American Revolution. Legacy[edit]

Rye, NY
Rye, NY
Post Office Dedication Stamp and cancellation, September 5, 1936

Places[edit] Several geographical locations within his home state of New York were named for him, including the colonial Fort Jay
Fort Jay
on Governors Island
Governors Island
and John Jay Park
John Jay Park
in Manhattan which was designed in part by his great, great granddaughter Mary Rutherfurd Jay. Other places named for him include the towns of Jay in Maine, New York, and Vermont; Jay County, Indiana.[107] Mount John Jay, also known as Boundary Peak 18, a summit on the border between Alaska and British Columbia, Canada, is also named for him,[108][109] as is Jay Peak in northern Vermont.[110] Postage[edit] On September 5, 1936, the Rye Post Office issued a special cancellation stamp in honor of their native son. To further commemorate the fact that Rye was Jay's hometown, the Rye Post office United States Post Office led by Congresswoman Caroline Love Goodwin O'Day commissioned painter Guy Pene du Bois
Guy Pene du Bois
to create a mural for the post office's lobby, titled " John Jay
John Jay
at His Home." It was completed in 1938 during the WPA era. On December 12, 1958, the United States Postal Service released a 15¢ Liberty Issue
Liberty Issue
postage stamp honoring Jay.[111]

John Jay
John Jay
issue of 1958

Schools[edit] High schools named after Jay are located in Brooklyn, NY, Cross River and Hopewell Junction, New York and San Antonio, Texas. Exceptional undergraduates at Columbia University
Columbia University
are designated John Jay Scholars, and one of that university's undergraduate dormitories is known as John Jay
John Jay
Hall. In 1964, the City University of New York's College of Police Science was officially renamed the John Jay
John Jay
College of Criminal Justice. Literature[edit] John Jay's childhood home in Rye, "The Locusts" was immortalized by novelist James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper
in his first successful novel The Spy; this book about counterespionage during the Revolutionary War was based on a tale that Jay told Cooper from his own experience as a spymaster in Westchester County.[112][113] Papers[edit] Main article: The Selected Papers of John Jay The Selected Papers of John Jay is an ongoing endeavor by scholars at Columbia University's Rare Book
and Manuscript Library to organize, transcribe and publish a wide range of politically and culturally important letters authored by and written to Jay that demonstrate the depth and breadth of his contributions as a nation builder. More than 13,000 documents from over 75 university and historical collections have been compiled and photographed to date. See also[edit]

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Bemis, Samuel F. (1923). Jay's Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy. New York City: The Macmillan Company. ISBN 0-8371-8133-X.  Bemis, Samuel Flagg. "John Jay." [2] in Bemis, ed. The American Secretaries of State and their diplomacy V.1 (1928) pp. 193–298 Brecher, Frank W. Securing American Independence: John Jay
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and the French Alliance. Praeger, 2003. 327 pp. Casto, William R. The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: The Chief Justiceships of John Jay
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and Oliver Ellsworth. U. of South Carolina Press, 1995. 267 pp. Combs, Jerald. A. The Jay Treaty: Political Background of Founding Fathers (1970) (ISBN 0-520-01573-8); concludes the Federalists "followed the proper policy" because the treaty preserved peace with Britain Elkins, Stanley M. and Eric McKitrick, The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788–1800. (1994), detailed political history Estes, Todd. "John Jay, the Concept of Deference, and the Transformation of Early American Political Culture." Historian (2002) 65(2): 293–317. ISSN 0018-2370 Fulltext in Swetswise, Ingenta and Ebsco Ferguson, Robert A. "The Forgotten Publius: John Jay
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Primary sources[edit]

Landa M. Freeman, Louise V. North, and Janet M. Wedge, eds. Selected Letters of John Jay
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and Sarah Livingston Jay: Correspondence by or to the First Chief Justice of the United States
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and His Wife (2005) Morris, Richard B. ed. John Jay: The Making of a Revolutionary; Unpublished Papers, 1745–1780 1975. Nuxoll, Elizabeth M., Mary A.Y. Gallagher, and Jennifer E. Steenshorne, eds. The Selected Papers of John Jay, Volume 1, 1760–1779 (University of Virginia Press; 2010) 912 pages. First volume in a projected seven-volume edition of Jay's incoming and outgoing correspondence

Nuxoll, Elizabeth M. et al. eds. The Selected Papers of John Jay: 1785–1788 (University of Virginia Press; 2015) 872 pages

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(1789–91) Timothy Pickering
Timothy Pickering
(1791–95) Joseph Habersham
Joseph Habersham

  Supreme Court of the United States

The Jay Court

Chief Justice: John Jay
John Jay


J. Rutledge Wm. Cushing J. Wilson J. Blair J. Iredell


Wm. Cushing J. Wilson J. Blair J. Iredell Th. Johnson


Wm. Cushing J. Wilson J. Blair J. Iredell Wm. Paterson

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 49254995 LCCN: n79088877 ISNI: 0000 0001 0898 5703 GND: 118841696 SELIBR: 191554 SUDOC: 029409276 BNF: cb12104333c (data) NLA: 35244062 NDL: 00522957 US Congress: J000065 BNE: XX1566144 SN