John Jay's Contributions

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John Jay John Jay, born 1745-1829 , was an American statesman, and the first Chief Justice of the United States. He graduated from King’s College (now Columbia Univ.) in 1764. In pre-Revolutionary actions he reflected the views of the conservative colonial merchant, opposing British actions but not favoring independence. As a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses he urged a moderate policy, served on various committees, drafted correspondence, and wrote a famous address to the people of Great Britain. Returning to the provincial congress of New York, he guided the drafting of the first New York state constitution. Jay was appointed in 1777 chief justice of New York but left that post to become president of the Continental
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