John Jay

Founding Father

About John Jays Life

John Jay was born on December 12, 1745 grew up in Rye, New York. He became a lawyer and was very successful at it. In 1774 John got married to Sarah Livingston and also represented New York at the Continental Congress and went to Great Britain but in 1776 he went back to New York. In 1778 he went back to the Continental Congress and became president of the Congress. In Paris the end to the Revolutionary War in 1783 with the Treaty of Pairs when he joined Benjamin Franklin. In 1794 John took a break from the judicial duties and went to Great Britain to address issues as exports. On May 17, 1829 in Bedford, New York John Jay died at the age of 83.

Quotes From John Jay

  • "The wise and the good never form the majority of any large society, and it seldom happens that their measures are uniformly adopted; or that they can always prevent being overborne themselves by the strong and almost never-ceasing union of the wicked and the weak."
  • "Too many in your State, as in this, love pure democracy dearly. They seem not to consider that pure democracy, like pure rum, easily produces intoxication, and with it a thousand mad pranks and fooleries."


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Why John Jay Was Important

John Jay was a founding father and he was important he was just like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Even if you haven't heard of him as much as them he still is the same they are all founding fathers. John is important to American History because he was in the Continental Congress and not only once and become president of the Congress. I think we should remember him because he was a hard and great worker. To get information on the Loyalists he employed at least 10 secret agents to spy on them. I think that he is a good founding father and that is a great way to remember my founding father John Jay