Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813

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Birth 1746-11-27
Death 1813-02-26

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First chancellor of New York State; agriculturalist and ambassador to France.

From the description of Robert R. Livingston papers, 1707-1862. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58779437

Continental Congressman, diplomat, member of the New York Provincial Covention, the Continental Congress and served as U.S. Minister to France.

From the description of Letter, 1802. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145407295

Robert R. Livingston served as US MInister to France (1801-1805) and negotiated with Napoleon I for the Louisiana Purchase.

From the description of The Louisiana purchase : original letters written by Robert R. Livingston to Rufus King, 1801-1803. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 82002376

Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), minister plenipotentiary in Paris.

From the description of Letter, 1803 Dec 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702127740

Attorney, New York City; partner with John Jay until at least 1772.

From the description of Register of cases and costs, New York courts, 1770-1782. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 58758774

Member of the Continental Congress.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to the Hon. Thomas Jefferson, 1788 Mar. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270591023

Livingston was serving here as U.S. Minister to France, where he secured the treaty which led to the Louisiana Purchase.

From the description of ALS, 1802 February 22 : Paris, to Mrs. Catherine Garretson, Strasburgh, New York. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13755512

Livingston was an author of the Declaration of Independence (did not sign), a Continental Congressman, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Chancellor of New York.

From the description of ALS, 1810 July 20 : ClerMont, to the Count de Marbois, Paris. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13747172

From the description of ALS, [ca. 1776 October] : [s.l.], to Edward Rutledge. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13747096

From the description of ALS, 1780 July 6 : Philadelphia, to John [Jay]. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13747007

Member of the committee that drafted Declaration of Independence; negotiated the purchase of the Louisiana Territory. He was known as "the Chancellor."

From the description of Papers, 1775-1822. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155493428

Student at St. Peter's College, Cambridge, and King's (later Columbia) College, New York; holder of numerous New York state and early national offices, including the chancellorship of New York and secretary of foreign affairs under the Articles of Confederation.

From the description of Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1763. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 79431628

New York lawyer, politician, and diplomat; delegate to Continental Congress.

From the description of ALS : New York, N.Y., to Ephraim Kirby, 1801 May 5. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122626048

Robert Livingston (1654-1728), was an influential businessman and politician in colonial Albany, N.Y. Also known as Robert Livingston the Elder, he was of the first generation of the prominent Livingston family of New York State. Born in Scotland, Livingston spent many years in Holland, where he acquired the Dutch language and customs. He moved to Albany in 1673, and was shortly appointed town clerk and secretary of the board of commissioners for Indian Affairs. In 1686, he received a patent for land comprising the present-day New York counties of Columbia and Dutchess, on which he built his family home, Livingston Manor. In 1709 he represented the district of Albany in the Assembly and in 1718 was elected speaker. He functioned as secretary of Indian Affairs from the 1670s on, officially from 1696 to 1710, at which time he relinquished this post to his nephew, Robert Livingston, Jr. (1663-1725). Robert Livingston the Elder retired in 1725. Certain of his descendents played instrumental roles in the political life of colonial New York City and the founding of the United States. His grandson, Philip Livingston (1716-1778), for whom Brooklyn's Livingston Street is named, was a New York delegate to the Continental Congress and the only Brooklyn resident to sign the Declaration of Independence. His great-grandson, Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), served as Recorder of New York City and was the first Chancellor of New York, as well as the first U.S. Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Source: Van Rensselaer, Florence. The Livingston Family in America and Its Scottish Origins. New York: s.n., 1949.

From the guide to the Robert Livingston papers, 1670-1797, (Brooklyn Historical Society)

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