First Chief Justice of the United States, co-author of the Federalist Papers


John Jay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"John Jay (December 12, 1745 - May 17, 1829) was an American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat and jurist. Considered one of the 'founding fathers' of the United States, Jay served in the Continental Congress, and was elected President of that body in 1778. During and after the difficult and dangerous years of the American Revolutionary War, he was an ambassador to Spain and France, helping to fashion American foreign policy and to secure favorable peace terms from the British and French. He cowrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. Jay also served on the U.S. Supreme Court as the first, as well as the youngest, Chief Justice of the United States from 1789 to 1794. ..."


12 Dec 1745, in New York City


17 May 1829, in Bedford, Westchester County, New York


A Brief Biography of John Jay
"The Papers of John Jay", Columbia University Libraries
Junto Society Founder of the Month, by Monty Rainey, Dec 2002
The Supreme Court Historical Society


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"The Papers of John Jay", Columbia University Libraries


Empire or Liberty: The Antifederalists and Foreign Policy, 1787-1788 [PDF], by Jonathan Marshall, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, 1980
"John Jay, who had as much foreign experience as any framer of the Constitution, was no less an expansionist. Indeed, his case for 'the best possible state of defense' under a strong central government rested on the assumption of an expanding empire. The European powers, he observed, ... would try to hem in the United States ..."