Infobox Chief Justice
name = John Jay
imagesize = 250px
caption = A portrait of Jay painted by
office = 1st
Chief Justice of the United States
termstart = October 19, 1789
termend = June 29, 1795
predecessor = None
order2 = 2nd
Governor of New York
term_start2 = July 1, 1795
term_end2 = June 30, 1801
Stephen Van Rensselaer
predecessor2 = George Clinton
successor2 = George Clinton
office3 = 5th
President of the Continental Congress4th President of the Second Continental Congress
term_start3= December 10, 1778
term_end3= September 27, 1779
successor3= Samuel Huntington
birthdate = birth date|1745|12|12|mf=y
birthplace = New York,
deathdate = death date and age|1829|5|17|1745|12|12
deathplace = Westchester County,
spouse = Sarah Livingston [See
religion = Episcopalian
alma_mater = King's College
John Jay (December 12, 1745 – May 17, 1829) was an American
politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, and a Founding Father of the United States. Jay served in the Continental Congressand was elected President of that body. During and after the American Revolution, he was a minister (ambassador) to Spainand France, helping to fashion American foreign policy and to secure favorable peace terms from the British and French. He co-wrote the " Federalist Papers" with Alexander Hamiltonand James Madison.
Jay served on the U.S. Supreme Court as the first
Chief Justice of the United Statesfrom 1789 to 1795. In 1794 he negotiated the Jay Treatywith the British. A leader of the new Federalist party, Jay was elected Governor of New York state, 1795-1801. He was the leading opponent of slavery and the slave trade in New York. His first attempt to pass emancipation legislation failed in 1777 and failed again in 1785, but he succeeded in 1799, signing the law that eventually emancipated the slaves of New York; the last were freed before his death.
Jay was born on December 12, 1745, to a wealthy family of merchants in
New York City. [cite web|url=http://www.supremecourthistory.org/02_history/subs_timeline/images_chiefs/001.html|title=John Jay 1789-1795|chapter=Timeline of the Justices|publisher=www.supremecourthistory.org] He was the eighth child and the sixth son in his family. [Pellew p.1] The Jay family was of French Huguenotorigin and was prominent in New York City. [cite web|url=http://www.johnjayinstitute.org/?get=get.johnjay|title=John Jay|publisher=The John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law|accessdate=2008-08-20] The Edict of Nantesin 1685, which abolished the rights of Protestants and confiscated the property of Jay's paternalgrandfather, Augustus Jay, caused Augustus to move from France to New York to establish the Jay family. [Pellew, George: "American Statesman John Jay", page 1. Houghton Mifflin, 1890] Augustus's son, Peter, was a merchantand had ten children with his wife, Mary Van Cortlandt. Only seven of the ten children survived.cite web|url=http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/jay/biography.html|title=A Brief Biography of John Jay|publisher=Columbia University|date=2002|format=HTML|language=English|work=The Papers of John Jay] After Jay was born, his family moved from Manhattanto Rye for a healthier environment; two of his siblings were blinded by the smallpoxepidemic of 1739 and two suffered from mental handicaps.
Jay spent his childhood in
Rye, New Yorkand took the same political stand as his father, who was a staunch Whig. [Pellew p.6] . He was educated there by private tutors until he was eight years old, when he was sent to New Rochelle to study under Anglican pastor Pierre Stoupe. In 1756, after three years, he would return to homeschooling under the tutelage of George Murray. In 1760, Jay continued his studies at King's College, the then-sixty-year-old forerunner of Columbia University. [Stahr, page 9] In 1764 he graduated [ [http://beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/kingsv1/timeline.htm Barnard edu] retrieved August 31, 2008] and became a law clerk for Benjamin Kissam.
Entrance into lawyering and politics
In 1768, after being admitted to the New York bar, Jay, with Robert Livingston, established a legal practice and worked there until he created his own
law officein 1771. He was a member of the New York Committee of Correspondence in 1774. [cite web|url=http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/related/jay.htm|title=John Jay|publisher=www.ushistory.org|accessdate=2008-08-21|last= |first=]
His first public role came as secretary to the New York
committee of correspondence, where he represented the conservative faction that was interested in protecting property rights and in preserving the rule of law while resisting British violations of American rights. 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 in 1774 he 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 war, he worked tirelessly for the revolutionary cause and acted to suppress the Loyalists. Thus Jay evolved into first a moderate and then an ardent Patriot once he decided that all the colonies' efforts at reconciliation with Britain were fruitless and that the struggle for independence which became the American Revolutionwas inevitable. [Klein (2000)]
During the American Revolution
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. He attempted to reconcile America with Britain, up until the Declaration of Independence. Jay's views became more radical as events unfolded; he became an ardent Patriot and attempted to move New York towards independence.
In 1774, at the close of the Continental Congress, Jay returned to New York.cite web|url=http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/jay/jayandny.html|publisher=Columbia University|date=2002|format=HTML|language=English|work=The Papers of John Jay|title=Jay and New York|accessdate=2008-08-23] There he served on the New York City's
Committee of Sixty, [Stahr, page 443 ] where he attempted to enforce a nonimportation agreement passed by the First Continental Congress. Jay was elected to the third New York Provincial Congress, where he drafted the Constitution of New York, 1777; [cite web|url=http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/elecbook/lincoln/pg9.htm|title=The First Constitution, 1777.|work=The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York|publisher=New York State Unified Court System|accessdate=2008-08-23|format=HTML|language=English] his duties as a New York Congressman prevented him from voting on or signing the Declaration of Independence.cite web|work=NNDB|title=John Jay|url=http://www.nndb.com/people/374/000049227/|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-23] Jay served on the committee to detect and defeat conspiracies, which monitored British Actions. [cite web|work=The John Birch Society|format=HTML|language=English|title=Remembering John Jay, One of Our Founding Fathers|author=James Newcomb|date=2007-12-13|url=http://www.jbs.org/index.php/jbs-news-feed/689-remembering-john-jay-one-of-our-founding-fathers] New York's Provincial Congress elected Jay the Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Courton May 8, 1777, [cite web|url=http://www.nycourts.gov/history/Gallery_C.htm#r_2|title=Portrait Gallery|publisher=New York State Unified Court System|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-23|work=The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York] which he served on for two years.
Jay served as President of the Continental Congress from December 10, 1778, to September 28, 1779. The Continental Congress turned to John Jay, an adversary of the previous president
Henry Laurens, only three days after Jay become a delegate and elected him President of the Continental Congress. Eight states voted for Jay and four for Laurens. [cite web|url=http://johnjay.net|format=HTML|language=English|title=John Jay|work=Virtualology.net|publisher=Evisium Inc.|author=Stanley Louis Klos|accessdate=2008-08-25]
As a Diplomat
On September 27, 1779, Jay resigned his office as President and was appointed Minister to Spain. In Spain, he was assigned to get financial aid, commercial treaties and recognition of American independence. Spain 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. [cite web|url=http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/related/jay.htm|title=John Jay|publisher=Independence Hall Association|accessdate=2008-08-22|last= |first=]
On June 23, 1782, Jay reached Paris, where negotiations to end the
American Revolutionary Warwould take place. [Pellew p.166] Benjamin Franklinwas the most experienced diplomat of the group, and thus Jay wished to lodge near him, in order to learn from him. [Pellew p.170] The United States agreed to negotiate with Britain separately than with France.cite web|work=U.S. Department of State|title=Treaty of Paris, 1783|format=HTML|language=English|url=http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/ar/14313.htm|publisher=The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs|accessdate=2008-08-23] [cite web|work=Virtuolology.com|publisher=Evisum Inc.|title=Treaty of Paris|url=http://treatyofparis.com/|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-23|author=Stanley L. Klos] In July 1782, 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. The final treaty dictated that the United States would have Newfoundland fishing rights (extending its Western border), 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. [cite web|work=The University of Oklahoma College of Law|url=http://www.law.ou.edu/ushistory/paris.shtml|title=The Paris Peace Treaty of 1783|format=HTML|language=English] The treaty granted the United States independence, but left many border regions in dispute, and many of its provisions were not enforced.
ecretary of Foreign Affairs
Jay served as the second Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1784-1789 (the Constitution would replace the Articles of Confederation office with the Secretary of State).cite web|work=Find Law|title=John Jay|format=HTML|language=English|url=http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/justices/pastjustices/jay.html|accessdate=2008-08-25] He 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. [Whitelock p.181]
Jay believed his responsibility was not matched by a commensurate level of authority, so he joined
Alexander Hamiltonand James Madisonin advocating for a stronger government than the one dictated by the Articles of Confederation. He argued in his [http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/bdsdcc.c0501 Address to the People of the State of New-York, on the Subject of the Federal Constitution] that the Articles of Confederation were too weak and ineffective a form of government. He contended that:
The Congress under the 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. [cite web|url=http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/bdsdcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(bdsdccc0501))|title=Extract from an Address to the people of the state of New-York, on the subject of the federal Constitution.|publisher=The Library of Congress|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-23]
"Federalist Papers" 1788
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," [http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/1751.htm WSU] retrieved August 31, 2008] they articulated this vision in the "
Federalist Papers," a series of eighty-five articles written to persuade the citizenry to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. [cite web|publisher=The Library of Congress|url=http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/federalist.html|format=HTML|language=English|title=The Federalist Papers|work=Primary Document in American History|accessdate=2008-08-21] 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". [cite web|url=http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/jay.htm|title=Federalist Papers Authored by John Jay|work=Foundingfathers.info|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-21]
The Jay Court
quote= [T] he people are the sovereign of this country, and consequently that 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.
source=John Jay in the Court Opinion of Chisholm v. Georgia [cite web|url=http://supreme.justia.com/us/2/419/case.html|title=CHISHOLM V. GEORGIA, 2 U. S. 419 (1793) (Court Opinion)|work=Justia & Oyez|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-21]
align=leftIn 1789, Jay was offered the new position of Secretary of State by
George Washington; when he declined, Washington nominated Jay as the first Chief Justice of the United States. Washington also nominated John Blair, William Cushing, James Wilson, James Iredelland John Rutledgeas Associate Judges;cite web|url=http://www.supremecourthistory.org/02_history/subs_history/02_c01.html|title=The Jay Court ... 1789-1793|work=The Supreme Court Historical Society|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-21] Jay would later serve with Thomas Johnson, [cite web|url=http://law.jrank.org/pages/7836/Johnson-Thomas.html|title=Thomas Johnson|work=Law Library - American Law and Legal Information|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-22] who took Rutledge's seat,cite web|url=http://www.supremecourthistory.org/myweb/fp/courtlist.htm|title=Appointees Chart|format=HTML|language=English|work=The Supreme Court Historical Society|accessdate=2008-08-22] and William Paterson, who took Johnson's seat. The court had little business through its first three years.
Chisholm v. Georgia", the Jay Court had to answer the question: "Was the state of Georgia subject to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the federal government?"cite web|work=The Oyez Project|title=Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 U.S. 419 (1793)|url=http://www.oyez.org/cases/1792-1850/1793/1793_0/|accessdate=2008-08-21|format=HTML|language=English] In a 4-1 ruling (Iredell dissented), the Jay Court ruled in favor of two South Carolinan loyalist who had had their land seized by Georgia. This ruling sparked debate, as it implied that old debts must be payed to loyalist. The ruling was overturned by the Senate 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. The case was brought again to the Supreme Court in " Georgia v. Brailsford", and the Court reversed its decision. [cite web|title=Georgia v. Brailsford, Powell & Hopton, 3 U.S. 3 Dall. 1 1 (1794)|work=Oyez & Justia|url=http://supreme.justia.com/us/3/1/index.html|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-21] [cite web|url=http://jay.thefreelibrary.com/|work=The Free Library|publisher=Farlex|format=HTML|language=English|title=John Jay (1745 - 1829)|accessdate=2008-08-21] However, Jay's original Chisholm decision established that states were subject to judicial review. [Johnson (2000)]
Hayburn's Case", the Jay Court ruled that courts could not comply with a federal statute that required the courts to decide whether individual petitioning American Revolution veteransqualified for pensions. The Jay Court ruled that determining whether petitioners qualified was an "act ... not of a judicial nature".cite web|work=Justia and Oyez|format=HTML|language=English|title=HAYBURN'S CASE, 2 U. S. 409 (1792)|url=http://supreme.justia.com/us/2/409/case.html|accessdate=2008-08-22] and that because the statute allowed the legislature and the executive branchto revise the courts ruling, the statute violated the separation of powers as dictated by the United States Constitution. [cite web|author=Robert J Pushaw Jr|work=Georgetown Law Journal|publisher=Bnet|format=HTML|language=English|url=Georgetown Law Journal|title=Why the Supreme Court never gets any "Dear John" letters: Advisory opinions in historical perspective|accessdate=2008-08-22] [cite web|work=Novelguide.com|url=http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/dah_04/dah_04_01862.html|title=HAYBURN'S CASE|format=HTML|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-22]
1792 campaign for Governor of New York
In 1792, Jay was the Federalist candidate for governor of New York, but 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 majority. [cite book|first=John|last=Jenkins|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=Gm04AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA42#PPA44,M1|title=History of Political Parties in the State of New-York|accessdate=2008-08-25|publisher=Alden & Markham|year=1846|format=HTML|language=English] 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, Otsego County Sheriff Smith's term had expired, so at the time of the election, the sheriff's office had been legally vacant, and the votes could not be brought to the state capital by anybody legally authorized. Clinton partisans in the state legislature, in state courts and federal offices were adamant to accept any argument that this would in practice subtract the constitutional right to vote from the voters in these counties, and these votes were disqualified. [cite web|url=http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/state/his/bk12/ch3/pt2.html|title=The History of New York State|author=Dr. James Sullivan|publisher=Lewis Historical Publishing Company|date=1927|accessdate=2008-08-20]
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.cite web|url=http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/nr/14318.htm|title=John Jay’s Treaty, 1794–95|work=U.S. Department of State|publisher=The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs|language=English|format=HTML|accessdate=2008-08-25] 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. [Elkins and McKitrick p 405] Washington rejected that policy and sent Jay as a special envoy to
Great Britainto negotiate a new treaty; Jay remained Chief Justice. Washington had Alexander Hamiltonwrite instructions for Jay that were to guide him in the negotiations. [Kafer p.87] In March 1795, the resulting treaty, known as the Jay Treaty, was brought to Philadelphia. [Kafer p.87] 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 his leverage. The treaty eliminated Britain's control of northwestern postscite web|url=http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/milestones/jaytreaty/|work=Archiving Early America|format=HTML|language=English|title=Jay's Treaty|accessdate=2008-08-25] and granted the United States "most favored nation" status, and the U.S. agreed to restricted commercial access to the British West Indies. Washington signed the treaty, and the Senate approved it on a 20-10 vote.
The treaty did not resolve American grievances about neutral shipping rights and impressment, and the Republicans denounced it, but Jay, as Chief Justice, decided not to take part in the debates. [Estes (2002)] The failure to get compensation for slaves taken by the British during the Revolution "was a major reason for the bitter Southern opposition". [quoting Don Fehrenbacher, "The Slaveholding Republic" (2002) p. 93; Frederick A. Ogg, "Jay's Treaty and the Slavery Interests of the United States." "Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1901" (1902) 1:275-86 in JSTOR.] Jefferson and Madison, fearing a commercial alliance with aristocratic Britain might undercut republicanism, led the opposition. Jay complained he could travel from Boston to Philadelphia solely by the light of his burning effigies. However, led by Hamilton's newly created Federalist party and support from Washington, strongly backed Jay and thus won the battle of public opinion. [Todd Estes, "Shaping the Politics of Public Opinion: Federalists and the Jay Treaty Debate". "Journal of the Early Republic" (2000) 20(3): 393-422. ISSN 0275-1275; [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0275-1275%28200023%2920%3A3%3C393%3ASTPOPO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-D online at JSTOR] ] Washington put his prestige on the line behind the treaty and Hamilton and the Federalists mobilized public opinion. The Senate ratified the treaty by a 20-10 vote (just enough to meet the 2/3 requirement.) Graffiti appeared near Jay's house after the treaty's ratification, reading, "Damn John Jay. Damn everyone that won't damn John Jay. Damn everyone that won't put up the lights in the windows and sit up all nights damning John Jay." [cite book|last=Walter A. McDougall|first=Walter A.|title=Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776|publisher=Houghton Mifflin Books|date=1997|pages=29|isbn=9780395901328|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=Gr6atcdK37EC|accessdate=2008-08-22|language=English]
In 1812, relations between Britain and the U.S. faltered. The desire of a group of members in the House of Representatives, known as the
War Hawks, to acquire land from Canadaand the British impressment of American ships led, in part, to the War of 1812. [cite web|url=http://www.usahistory.com/wars/1812.htm|title=WARS - War of 1812|format=HTML|language=English|work=USAhistory.com]
Governor of New York
While in Britain, Jay was elected governor of New York State as a Federalist. He resigned from the Supreme Court and served as governor until 1801. As Governor, he received a proposal from Hamilton to
gerrymanderNew York for the Presidential election of that year; he marked the letter "Proposing a measure for party purposes which it would not become me to adopt," and filed it without replying. [Monaghan, pp.419-21; cite journal|title=Was Alexander Hamilton a Christian Statesman?|first=Douglass|last=Adair|coauthor=Marvin Harvey|journal=The William and Mary Quarterly|issue=3rd Ser., Vol. 12, No. 2, Alexander Hamilton: 1755-1804|date=April 1955|pages=308–329|url=http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0043-5597%28195504%293%3A12%3A2%3C308%3AWAHACS%3E2.0.CO%3B2-4] President John Adamsthen renominated him to the Supreme Court; the Senate quickly confirmed him, but he declined, citing his own poor health and the court's lack of "the energy, weight and dignity which are essential to its affording due support to the national government." [Laboratory of Justice, The Supreme Court's 200 Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law, by David L. Faigman, First edition, 2004, p. 34; Smith, Republic of Letters, 15, 501]
Jay declined the Federalist renomination for governor in 1801 and retired to the life of a farmer in
Westchester County, New York. Soon after his retirement, his wife died. [Whitelock p.327] Jay remained in good health, continued to farm and stayed out of politics. [Whitelock p.329]
On the night of May 14, 1829, Jay was stricken with
palsy. He lived for three more days, dying on May 17. [Whitelock p.335] He chose to be buried in a private family plot that he had established on the Rye property where he grew up. This estate, overlooking Long Island Sound, remained in the Jay family through 1904; a portion of it is managed (and its buildings are being restored for educational use) by the "Jay Heritage Center". [cite he was gay web|url=http://www.pace.edu/LawSchool/News/lectures/jaylecture.html|title=News and Events: Pace Law School, New York Law School, located in New York 20 miles north of NY City. Environmental Law.|publisher=www.pace.edu|accessdate=2008-08-22|last= |first=]
As an abolitionist
Jay was a leader against slavery after 1777, when he drafted a state law to abolish slavery; it failed as did a second attempt in 1785. [John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay, "Selected Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay" (2005) pp 297-99; online at [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0786419555&id=jzcj94inkDAC&pg=RA2-PA297&lpg=RA2-PA297&ots=Bn90cdzeso&dq=%22john+jay%22+manumission&sig=3ZXPwB2GBEa-JBqZBYaaZ9hqM5Y] ] Jay was the founder and president of the
New York Manumission Society, in 1785, which organized boycotts against newspapers and merchants in the slave trade and provided legal counsel for free blacks claimed as slaves. [Roger G. Kennedy, "Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson: A Study in Character" (2000) p. 92] The Society helped enact the gradual emancipation of slaves in New York in 1799, which Jay signed into law as governor.
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; they had differed on what rights to give the free blacks afterwards.
Aaron Burrboth supported this bill and introduced an amendment calling for immediate abolition. [cite web|work=The Duel|title=Timeline of Events Leading up to the Duel|format=HTML|language=English|publisher=PBS|accessdate=2008-08-25|url=http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/duel/timeline/index.html] The 1799 bill settled the matter by guaranteeing no rights at all. The 1799 "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery" provided that, from July 4th of that year, all children born to slave parents would be free (subject only to apprenticeship) and that slave exports would be prohibited. These same children would be required to serve the mother’s owner until age twenty-eight for males and age twenty-five for females. The law thus defined a type of indentured servant while slating them for eventual freedom. [Edgar J. McManus, "History of Negro Slavery in New York"] All slaves were emancipated by July 4, 1827; the process may perhaps have been the largest emancipation in North America before 1861, [cite web|url=http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/jay/JaySlavery.html|title=John Jay and Slavery|author=Jake Sudderth|publisher=Columbia University|date=2002] except for the British Army's recruitment of runaway slaves during the American Revolution. [Gordon S. Wood, "American Revolution", p. 114]
In the close 1792 election, Jay's antislavery work hurt his election chances in upstate New York Dutch areas, where slavery was still practiced. [Herbert S. Parmet and Marie B. Hecht, "Aaron Burr" (1967) p. 76] In 1794 Jay angered southern slave-owners when, in the process of negotiating the Jay Treaty with the British, he dropped their demands for compensation for slaves owned by patriots who had been captured and carried away during the Revolution.cite web|url=http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/jay/jaytreaty.html|title=The Jay Treaty|publisher=www.columbia.edu|accessdate=2008-08-22|last=Baird|first=James] He made a practice of buying slaves and then freeing them when they were adults and he judged their labors had been a reasonable return on their price; he owned eight in 1798, the year before the emancipation act was passed.cite web |url=http://www.johnjayinstitute.org/index.cfm?get=get.johnjaypaper |title=John Jay: An American Wilberforce? |accessdate=2006-12-13 |last=Crippen II |first=Alan R. |year=2005]
Jay had been a warden of
Trinity Church, New Yorksince 1785; and, as Congress's Secretary for Foreign Affairs, he supported the proposal after the revolution that the Archbishop of Canterburyapprove the ordination of bishops for the Protestant Episcopal Church in America. He also argued unsuccessfully in the provincial convention for a prohibition against Catholicsholding office. [cite journal|last=Kaminski |first=John P.|date=March 2002|title=Religion and the Founding Fathers|journal=Annotation: The Newsletter of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission|volume=30:1|issn=0160-8460|url=http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/annotation/march-2002/religion-founding-fathers.html|accessdate=2008-08-25]
In a letter addressed to
PensylvaniaHouse of Representatives member John Murray ,dated October 12, 1816, Jay wrote, "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." [cite book|last=Jay|first=William|title=The Life of John Jay: With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers|publisher=J. & J. Harper|date=1833|pages=376|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=V50EAAAAYAAJ|accessdate=2008-08-22|language=English]
John Jay has taken several geographical locations to his name, including
Jay, Maine; Jay, New York; Jay, Vermont; Jay County, Indianaand Jay Street in Brooklyn. In 1964, the City University of New York's College of Police Science was officially renamed the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. There are also high schools named after Jay located in Hopewell Junction, New York; Cross River, New York and San Antonio, Texas.
Exceptional undergraduates at
Columbia Universityare designated John Jay Scholars, and one of that university's undergraduate dormitories is known as John Jay Hall. The John Jay Centeron the campus of Robert Morris Universityand the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society & Laware also named for him. Jay's house, located near Katonah, New York, is preserved as a National Historic Landmarkand as the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site. [cite web|url=http://www.johnjayhomestead.org/|title=Friends of John Jay Homestead|publisher=www.johnjayhomestead.org|accessdate=2008-08-24|last= |first=]
*United States Supreme Court cases during the Jay Court
New York Manumission Society
*cite book|last=Bemis|first=Samuel F.|title=Jay's Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy|publisher=The Macmillan Company|location=New York, New York|date=1923|language=English
*Brecher, Frank W. "Securing American Independence: John Jay and the French Alliance." [http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=107032616 Praeger, 2003. 327 pp.]
* Casto, William R. "The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: The Chief Justiceships of John Jay 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 and the Aesthetics of Ratification." "Early American Literature" (1999) 34(3): 223-240. ISSN 0012-8163 Fulltext: in Swetswise and Ebsco
* Johnson, Herbert A. "John Jay and the Supreme Court." "New York History" 2000 81(1): 59-90. ISSN 0146-437X
* Kaminski, John P. "Honor and Interest: John Jay's Diplomacy During the Confederation." "New York History" (2002) 83(3): 293-327. ISSN 0146-437X
* Kaminski, John P. "Shall We Have a King? John Jay and the Politics of Union." "New York History" (2000) 81(1): 31-58. ISSN 0146-437X
*cite book|last=Kefer|first=Peter|title=Charles Brockden Brown's Revolution and the Birth of American Gothic |publisher= |location= |date=2004|pages= |isbn= |url|language=English
* Klein, Milton M. "John Jay and the Revolution." "New York History" (2000) 81(1): 19-30. ISSN 0146-437X
* Littlefield, Daniel C. "John Jay, the Revolutionary Generation, and Slavery" "New York History" 2000 81(1): 91-132. ISSN 0146-437X
* Michael, William Henry "History of the Department of State of the United States" (1901) United States Dept
* Monaghan, Frank. "John Jay: Defender of Liberty" 1972. on abolitionism
* Morris, Richard B. "The Peacemakers: The Great Powers and American Independence" 1965.
* Morris, Richard B. "Seven Who Shaped Our Destiny: The Founding Fathers as Revolutionaries" 1973. chapter on Jay
* Morris, Richard B. "Witness at the Creation; Hamilton, Madison, Jay and the Constitution" 1985.
* Morris, Richard B. ed. "John Jay: The Winning of the Peace" 1980. 9780060130480
* Pellew, George "John Jay" 1890. Houghton Mifflin Company
* Perkins, Bradford. "The First Rapprochement; England and the United States: 1795-1805" Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1955.
*cite book|last=Stahr|first=Walter|title=John Jay: Founding Father|publisher=Continuum International Publishing Group|location=New York & London|date=March 1 2005|pages=482|isbn=9781852854447|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=oHVLBRTz2T0C|language=English
*cite book|last=Whitelock|first=William|title=The Life and Times of John Jay |publisher=Statesman|location= |date=1887|pages=482|isbn= |url|language=English
* Landa M. Freeman, Louise V. North, and Janet M. Wedge, eds. "Selected Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay: Correspondence by or to the First Chief Justice of the United States and His Wife" (2005)
* Morris, Richard B. ed. "John Jay: The Making of a Revolutionary; Unpublished Papers, 1745-1780" 1975.
* [http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/jay.html Jay's Treaty, Library of Congress]
* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/exhibitions/constitution/essay.html Richard Morris, "John Jay and the Constitution"]
* [http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AVE8231 Columbia University's Jay Papers Project]
* [http://www.familytales.org/results.php?tla=joj Digitized Collection of John Jay Letters]
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