John Jay: Founding Father

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A&C Black, Mar 15, 2005 - History - 482 pages
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John Jay was a central figure in the early history of the American Republic. A New York lawyer, born in 1745, Jay served his country with the greatest distinction and was one of the most influential of its Founding Fathers. In the first full-length biography in almost seventy years, Walter Stahr brings Jay vividly to life, setting his astonishing career against the background of the American Revolution.

Drawing on substantial new material, Walter Stahr has written a full and highly readable portrait of both the public and private man. It is the story not only of John Jay himself, the most prominent native-born New Yorker of the eighteenth century, but also of his engaging and intelligent wife, Sarah, who accompanied her husband on his wartime diplomatic missions. This lively and compelling biography presents Jay in the light he deserves: as a major Founding Father, a true national hero, and a leading architect of America's future.

  

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Review: John Jay: Founding Father

User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Schuyler, Greene, Hamilton, and Hancock are just a few names that will surface in nearly any book about the American Revolution. And why shouldn't they? These ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary Milligan - Goodreads

When we speak of our Founding Fathers we mention those we learn, for the most part, in school; Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton. One name that is not on our lips is John Jay, a person ... Read full review

Contents

New York
1
The Law
17
Resistance Leader
33
Revolutionary Leader
65
President of the Continental Congress
91
Minister to Spain
121
Peace Commissioner
145
American in Paris
175
Home and Society
223
Federalist
241
First Chief Justice
271
Envoy to England
313
Governor of New York
339
Retirement
365
Conclusions
385
Copyright

Secretary for Foreign AVairs
197

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WALTER B. STAHR is an international lawyer with alongstanding interest in the history of the American Revolution. Agraduate of Stanford University, he also studied at Harvard, where hewas editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Kennedy School of Public Policy. After working in Hong Kong, he spent some years as special counsel and principal speechwriter to SEC Chairman Richard Breeden.

Currently Walter Stahr lives in northern Virginia with his wife and two children and is General Counsel of EMP Global, based inWashington DC, responsible for legal issues across the range of the firm'sfunds and activities.

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