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Delegate to the Constitutional Convention (New Jersey)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading

Education: Yale

Occupation: lawyer

Political Affiliation:

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian

Summary of Religious Views:

Livingston was originally Dutch Reformed, but converted to Presbyterianism.

Views on Religion & Politics:

Livingston was sometimes called the "Presbyterian lawyer" because he used his legal skills to fight Anglican privilege.


References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links


Works by William Livingston

ed. by Carl E. Prince, et al., The Papers of William Livingston, New Jersey Historical Commission, 1979-
Selections From The Correspondence Of The Executive Of New Jersey, From 1776 To 1786 (1848), Daily Advertiser Office, 1848


Edwin B. Livingston, The Livingstons of Livingston Manor, Knickerbocker Press, 1910
Dorothy Rita Dillon, The New York Triumvirate: A Study of the Legal and Political Careers of William Livingston, John Morin Scott, William Smith, Jr., Columbia Univ. Press, 1949
Carl E. Prince, William Livingston, New Jersey's First Governor , New Jersey Historical Commission, 1975
Theodore Sedgwick, Jr., A Memoir of the Life of William Livingston, Member of Congress in 1774, 1775, and 1776, Delegate to the Federal Convention in 1787, and Governor of the State of New-Jersey from 1776 to 1790, J.& J. Harper, 1833; reprint, A Memoir of the Life of William Livingston


Ed. by Frank Monaghan, "Unpublished Correspondence of William Livingston and John Jay," Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Vol. 52, July 1934, pp.141-62
Milton Martin Klein, "The Rise of the New York Bar: The Legal Career of William Livingston," William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser., Vol. 15, July 1958, pp. 334-58


Works by William Livingston

Of Party Divisions -- Independent Reflector, 1753 (Swarthmore)
To the Inhabitants of the Several Anglo-American Colonies, William Livingston, 21 October 1774 (American Colonist's Library)

Biographical Sites

LIVINGSTON, William, 1723-1790 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
William Livingston (National Archives -- The Founding Fathers)
William Livingston (Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution -- Center of Military History, United States Army)
William Livingston (Colonial Hall)
New Jersey Governor William Livingston (National Governors Association)

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