Levenstone, Levingston, Levinston, Livingston, Livingstone, Livington
Origin Livingston: Irish, Jewish, Scottish;
Livingstone: Irish, Jewish, Scottish.
An American family prominent in colonial and postcolonial times.
Marks recent changes
(as of 2014-09-06),
FULTON, Robert jr.
[1765-1815] – American inventor (steamboat) and engineer, artist
[1745-1829] – American jurist and statesman
[1754-1844] – American statesman
[1764-1836] – American statesman
He was born in Clermont, N.Y., May 26, 1764;
son of Robert R. and Margaret (Beekman) Livingston,
and grandson of Col. Henry and Janet (Livingston) Beckman.
He was graduated at the College of New Jersey, A.B. 1781, A.M., 1784;
studied law with John Lansing in Albany, N.Y.,
and with his brother, Robert R. Livingston, in New York city,
and was admitted to the bar in 1785.
He was a representative from New York in the 4th, 5th and 6th congresses, 1795-1801,
when he opposed the administration of President Washington,
and instigated the investigation
and proposed the resolution calling upon the President
for a copy of the instructions given to John Jay
in reference to the treaty with Great Britain.
The resolution was adopted in the House by a vote of 62 to 37,
but the copy of the instructions was withheld by the President on the advice of his cabinet.
In the fourth presidential election
when the tie vote between Jefferson and Burr threw the election in the House,
he voted for Jefferson,
and when his term expired as representative in congress, March 3, 1801,
he was selected by President Jefferson as U.S. attorney for the district of New York,
and Governor Clinton in August, 1801,
made him mayor of New York city.
In 1803 he laid the cornerstone of the city hall
and during the same year he rendered conspicuous service in the yellow fever epidemic.
In his visits to the sufferers he contracted the disease,
and after his recovery found that his affairs had been so badly conducted by his business agent
as to cause a deficit of $43,666.21,
for which he was responsible to the government.
He resigned both his offices,
confessed judgment to the amount of $100,000
and gave up his property to cover the loss.
He left New York for New Orleans in December, 1808,
reaching that city in February. 1804,
where he opened a law office and also engaged in land speculation,
his fees being mostly paid in land.
He prepared a new code of procedure that was adopted by the legislature in 1805
and remained in force till 1825, when his revised code was adopted.
He gained the ill-will of President Madison by favoring the scheme
of Burr and of Gen. James Wilkinson for the conquest of Mexico
and by defending its projectors in the courts.
He became the legal adviser of the Lafittes,
said to be connected with smugglers,
and when they gave timely notice of the designs of the British against New Orleans,
he was the first to give credence to their report
and his faith in their truthfulness
was shown by his entrusting his wife and child to the care of Pierre Lafitte
during the battle of New Orleans.
He was the president of the committee of public defence,
drew up the resolutions,
and aroused the people of the state to a sense of their danger.
He was the right hand of General Jackson in his preparations for the attack by General Pakenham;
served on General Jackson's staff before and during the battle and drew up the address to the army.
He was elected a representative in the Louisiana state legislature in 1820,
and was a representative from the New Orleans district in the 18th, 19th and 20th congresses, 1823-29;
and a U.S. senator from Louisiana from Dec. 7, 1829, till the close of the 21st congress, March 3, 1831,
when he resigned to accept the portfolio of state in the cabinet of President Jackson,
made vacant by the resignation of Martin Van Buren.
The state papers of Jackson's administration and the nullification proclamation of Dec. 10, 1832,
were credited to his pen.
He resigned from the cabinet in 1833 to accept the mission to France,
and while there he accomplished the settlement of the French spoliation claims.
In 1835 he returned to the United States, leaving his son-in-law, T. P. Barton, as chargé d'affaires.
In 1836 he appeared before the U.S. supreme court at Washington,
where he argued the claims of the city of New Orleans against the U.S. government.
He was bequeathed by his sister Janet, widow of Gen. Richard Montgomery,
the estate "Montgomery Place," above Barrytown on the Hudson river, N.Y.,
and on his return from France he made his home there.
He was married first, April 10, 1788, to Mary,
oldest daughter of Charles McEvers, a New York merchant;
she died, March 13, 1801, and in 1805 he married Madame Louisa (D'Avezac) Moreau,
sister of Major D'Avezac, aide-de-camp to General Jackson.
At the time of this second marriage she was only nineteen years of age,
and unable to speak English.
They had one daughter, Cora,
who became the wife of Thomas P. Barton, of Philadelphia,
who accompanied his father-in-law to Paris as secretary of legation.
Edward Livingston received the honorary degree of LL.D.
from Columbia in 1823,
from Transylvania university in 1824 and
from Harvard in 1834.
He was a corresponding member of the Institut de France;
a member of the American Philosophical society,
and a trustee of Columbia college, 1793-1806.
His name was one of the eleven in "Class J, Judges and Lawyers," submitted, October, 1900,
for a place in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, New York university,
and received seventeen votes, the class standing in order of preferment:
Marshall, Kent, Story, Choate and Livingston.
He is the author of:
"Judicial Opinions, Mayor's Court, City of New York, 1802" (1803);
"Report of the Plan of the Penal Code of Louisiana" (1822);
"System of Penal Law for the State of Louisiana" (1826);
"System of Penal Law for the United States" (1828).
These were published as
"Complete Works on Criminal Jurisprudence" (1873).
See "Life" by Charles H. Hunt (1864),
and "Recollections" by Augusta D'Avezac in the "Democratic Review" (1840).
He died at Montgomery Place, Barrytown, Duchess county, N.Y., May 23, 1836.
LIVINGSTON, Henry Beekman, Gen.
[1750-1831] – American soldier
He was born at Livingston Manor, Clermont, N.Y., Nov. 9, 1750;
son of ¤Robert R. and Margaret (Beekman) Livingston.
At the outbreak of the Revolution he raised a company of infantry and in August, 1775,
he accompanied his brother-in-law, Gen. ¤Richard Montgomery, on his expedition to Canada.
He participated in the capture of Chambly,
and in December, 1775, congress voted him a sword for gallantry displayed at the capture.
He was made aide-de-camp to Gen. Philip Schuyler in February, 1776,
and later in the year was appointed colonel of the 4th battalion, New York volunteers,
which office he resigned in 1779.
He was a personal friend of Lafayette, having served with him in New Jersey and Rhode Island.
He was commissioned a brigadier-general at the close of the war
and retired to the Beckman estate at Rhinebeck, N.Y., which he had inherited.
He was one of the original members of the New York Society of the Cincinnati.
He was married to Ann Horn Shippen of Philadelphia, Pa.
He died at Rhinebeck, N.Y., Nov. 5, 1831.
LIVINGSTON, Henry Brockholst
[1757-1823] – American jurist
He was born in New York city, Nov. 26, 1757, son of William and Susannah (French) Livingston.
He was graduated from the College of New Jersey, A.B. 1774, A.M. 1777,
and at the outbreak of the Revolutionary war
he was commissioned a captain in the Continental army
and served as aide-de-camp to Gen. Philip Schuyler,
being attached to the northern department and ranking as a major.
He was aide to Gen. Arthur St. Clair; participated in the siege of Fort Ticonderoga,
and was present at the surrender of General Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, Oct. 17, 1777.
He returned to General Schuyler's army and was promoted lieutenant-colonel.
In 1779 he went to Spain as private secretary to his brother-in-law, John Jay,
and during his voyage home in 1782 was captured by the British and taken to New York,
where he was imprisoned until the arrival of Sir Guy Carleton,
as commander-in-chief of the British forces.
He removed to Albany, studied law under Peter Yates;
was admitted to the bar in 1783 and practised in New York city.
He was judge of the supreme court of New York, 1802-07;
and succeeded William Patterson as associate justice of the U.S. supreme court in 1807.
He was an original trustee of the New York Society library in 1788;
and the 2d vice president of the New York Historical society in 1895.
The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Harvard in 1818.
He was three times married:
first to Catharine Kettletas;
secondly to Ann N., daughter of Gabriel Henry Ludlow,
and thirdly to Catharine Kortright, daughter of Edmund Seamen and widow of John Kortright.
He died in Washington, D.C., March 19, 1823.
LIVINGSTON, Milton Stanley
[1905-1986] – American physicist
[1686-1749] – American colonial administrator
He was born in Albany, N.Y., July 9, 1686;
son of Robert and Alida (Schuyler) Van Rensselaer Livingston.
His mother was the daughter of Philip Schuyler and widow of Nicholas Van Rensselaer.
He served as deputy secretary of Indian affairs under his father,
and in 1722 succeeded him as secretary.
He was a member of the provincial assembly from Albany in 1709;
took part in the battle of Port Royal in 1710
and subsequently was appointed a colonel in the provincial army.
He was appointed county clerk in 1721 and was a member of the provincial council, 1725-49.
Upon his father's death in  he became the second lord of the manor.
He was married to Catherine, daughter of Peter Van Brugh,
for many years mayor of the city of Albany.
He had palatial residences in New York city, Albany and on the manor.
His eldest son Robert became third and last lord of the manor,
and his daughter Sarah was married to William Alexander (Lord Stirling).
Philip Livingston died in New York city, Feb. 4, 1749.
[1716-1778] – American merchant
He was born in Albany, N.Y., Jan. 15, 1716,
son of Philip and Catherine (Van Brugh) Livingston.
He was graduated from Yale, A.B., 1737, A.M., 1740,
and engaged in business in New York city as a merchant.
He was one of the seven aldermen of the city, 1754-63;
a member of the provincial assembly, 1763-69 and speaker in 1768;
a member of the committee of correspondence;
a delegate to the stamp-act congress in October, 1765;
a delegate to the Continental congress, 1774-78,
and at the first convention of that body
he was one of the committee appointed to prepare an address to the People of Great Britain.
He was one of the four delegates from New York who signed the Declaration of Independence.
It was at his residence on Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.,
that Washington held the council of war that decided on the retreat from Long Island in 1776.
He was a member of the state assembly and in May, 1777, was chosen state senator.
He was one of the founders of the New York Society library in 1754;
of the chamber of commerce in 1770;
and one of the governors of the New York hospital in 1771.
He was prominent in the establishment of King's college,
and in 1746 he aided in founding the Livingston professorship of divinity at Yale.
He was married to Christina, daughter of Richard Ten Broeck, recorder of Albany.
He died while in attendance at the 6th session of the Continental congress, at York, Pa., June 12, 1778. wiki:
LIVINGSTON, Philip Cortlandt
[1790-1813] – American naval midshipman
He was KIA during the War of 1812 aboard the Chesapeake
in an action vs the British frigate Shannon.
[1654-1728] – American colonial immigrant, government administrator
LIVINGSTON, Robert Linlithgow
[*1943-?] – American legislator
LIVINGSTON, Robert R.
[1718-1775] – American jurist
LIVINGSTON, Robert R.
[1746-1813] – Statesman, Chancellor of New York
[1740-1797] – American government official, jurist
He was born in 1740; son of Robert and Mary (Long) Livingston,
and grandson of Philip Livingston, the signer.
He was a delegate to the provincial congress held in New York in April and May, 1775;
and was appointed one of the judges of Albany county by the convention held at Kingston, N.Y., in 1777.
He was a delegate to the Continental congress, 1784-85;
and in 1785 he was appointed commissioner of the U.S. treasury.
He was married to Cornelia, daughter of Peter Schuyler,
and died in New York city, May 14, 1797.
[1723-1790] – American lawyer, government official
He was born in Albany, N.Y., Nov. 30, 1723;
son of Philip and Catharine (Van Brugh) Livingston.
He was graduated from Yale college, A.B., 1741, A.M., 1744;
studied law in the office of James Alexander, 1741-46,
and was admitted to the bar, Oct. 14, 1748.
He was married in 1745 to Susanhah, daughter of Philip French, of New Brunswick,
and granddaughter of Maj. Anthony Brockhalls, formerly governor of New York.
He established the Independent Reflector in New York in 1752.
He was a commissioner in 1754 to adjust the boundary line between New York and Massachusetts,
and subsequently between New York and New Jersey.
With the assistance of his brother, Philip Livingston,
his brother-in-law, William Alexander,
and a few others,
he established the New York Society library in 1754.
He was a member of the provincial assembly from Livingston manor, 1759-61.
He published articles in the Weekly Post Boy denouncing the stamp act.
In 1780 he purchased a farm at Elizabethtown, N.J., to which he removed in 1772.
On June 11, 1774,
he was appointed to represent Essex county in a committee of correspondence
to select delegates for election to the first Continental congress, July 23, 1774.
He was a delegate from New Jersey to the Continental congress, 1774-76,
and served on many important committees.
He was appointed commander-in-chief of the New Jersey militia
with the rank of brigadier-general in June, I776;
was governor of New Jersey, 1776-90,
and was nominated in January, 1785, one of the commissioners
to superintend the construction of the Federal buildings,
but declined the honor as he did that of U.S. minister plenipotentiary to the Hague, June 23, 1785,
owing to his advanced age.
It was largely through his efforts that the legislature of New Jersey
passed the act forbidding the importation of slaves, March 2, 1786.
In 1787 he was a delegate to the Philadelphia convention that framed the U.S. constitution,
and he signed the instrument Sept. 17, 1787.
He was a member of the American Philosophical society,
and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Yale college in 1788.
He published, in conjunction with William Smith, Jr.,
"A Digest of the Laws of New York, 1691-1792" (2 vols., 1752-62).
He is the author of:
"Philosophic Solitude, or the Choice of a Rural Life" (1747);
"A Review of the Military Operations in North America" (1757);
"Observations on Government" (1787).
He died at "Liberty Hall," Elizabethtown, N.J., July 25, 1790.
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- BEEKMAN, Margaret [1719-1775]
- American doyenne; she nominated the first governor of the State of New York
- LIVINGSTON, Ambrose Haydon [1850-?]
- American lawyer and legislator
- LIVINGSTON, Anson [1807-73]
- American lawyer
- LIVINGSTON, Burton Edward [1875-?]
- American plant physiologist, inventor
- LIVINGSTON, Charles Ondis [1841-?
- American manufacturer
- LIVINGSTON, Col. James [1747-1832]
- American soldier
- LIVINGSTON, Col. Peter R. [1737-94]
- American legislator
- LIVINGSTON, Crawford [1848-?]
- American railroad builder
- LIVINGSTON, Henry A. [?-1849]
- American legislator
- LIVINGSTON, Henry Walter [1768-1810]
- American legislator, jurist
- LIVINGSTON, Jamie [1956-1997]
- American photographer, film-maker and circus performer
- LIVINGSTON, John Henry [1746-1825]
- American educator
- LIVINGSTON, John Henry [1848-1927]
- American lawyer
- LIVINGSTON, John W. [?-1860]
- American soldier
- LIVINGSTON, John William (né Turk) [1804-85]
- American naval officer
- LIVINGSTON, Leonidas Felix [1832-?]
- American legislator, soldier
- LIVINGSTON, Margaret Vere (Farrington) [1863-?]
- American author
- LIVINGSTON, Mortimer [?-1857]
- American shipping merchant and financier
- LIVINGSTON, Myra Cohn [*1926]
- American poet and anthologist
- LIVINGSTON, Paul Yount [1893-?]
- American clergyman
- LIVINGSTON, Peter R. [?-1847]
- American government official
- LIVINGSTON, Peter van Brugh [1710-92]
- American merchant, legislator
- LIVINGSTON, Robert Edward [?-1889]
- American grandee
- LIVINGSTON, Robert le Roy [<1784->1813]
- American legislator, soldier
- LIVINGSTON, Robert Stanley [1898-?]
- American chemist
- LIVINGSTON, William [1815-79]
- American educator
- LIVINGSTON, William Henry [1898-?]
- American architect