JAY, John [1745-1829] -- American jurist and statesman
United States Supreme Court (1789-1795),: 1° Chief Justice
An altogether remarkable man,
of the sort with which the fledgling Republic was blessed several times over in those days.
The terms he negotiated with Great Britain,
in what is now called Jay's Treaty,
over G.B. withdrawal from posts in the Northwest Territories (vic. Ohio),
aroused bitter hostility in certain American quarters.
It is now generally recognized that he acted wisely,
granting compromises as the price of survival and avoided war with G.B. for a time.
| Member of the Continental Congresses |
| Drafted New York's first constitution |
| Chief Justice of NY supreme court |
| President of the Continental Congress |
| American minister plenipotentiary to Spain |
| Called to Paris by Franklin to help negotiate peace with Great Britain |
| U.S. secretary of foreign affairs, serving as secretary of state ad interim until the installation of Thomas Jefferson on 22 Mar 1790 |
| Joined with Hamilton and Madison in writing the Federalist, explaining the new Constitution |
| First Chief Justice United States Supreme Court |
| Negotiated Jay's Treaty, settling outstanding disputes with Great Britain |
| Governor of New York |
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