William Livingston family papers, 1695-1788.


William Livingston family papers, 1695-1788.

Personal, business, and family papers of William Livingston, 1695-1839, of Albany and New York, New York, and Elizabeth, New Jersey. William Livingston was an attorney, writer, member of the first U.S. Congress, Revolutionary War soldier, and first Governor of New York. Personal and family papers include letters, manuscript copies, and letterbook copies of letters written and received by William, his wife Susannah French Livingston, daughters Catherine Livingston Ridley, Sarah Livingston Jay, Susan Livingston Symmes, son Brockholst Livingston, and son-in-laws John C. Symmes and John Jay. Letters pertain to family matters, politics, legal issues, and William's command of the New Jersey Militia as a brigadier general and service as first governor of New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. Business papers include letters written and received by William pertaining to business, political, and military matters. Correspondents include George Washington, Abraham Clark, Nathaniel Greene, Hugh Mercer, John Hancock, John Witherspoon, and William Alexander, among others. Also includes military orders, account books, law registers, and registers of cases.

2 boxes, 11 narrow boxes, 4 v., and 2 oversize folders.


SNAC Resource ID: 7762712

Massachusetts Historical Society

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