United by their education at King’s College in the 1760s and 1770s, these men were alternatively friends, partners, political allies, and enemies. Each epitomized the New York statesman, and the conference will study their shifting alliances, tracing a critical period in the history of the new republic.
The opening of the Revolution found Jay, Morris, and Livingston as recognized younger leaders of the anti-imperial movement in New York. Hamilton, the youngest member of the group, numbered Jay’s father-in-law (and Livingston’s kinsman) as one of his sponsors in North America and soon gained recognition as a Revolutionary soldier and political thinker.
Their partnership continued through the 1780s, when three of the men were founding members of the Manumission Society of New York, and all were active in the decade’s constitutional struggles. In the 1790s, Livingston defected to the party of George Clinton and Thomas Jefferson, and the story of the quartet’s public contributions became a bipartisan chronicle, with bonds of personal friendship broken under the strain of political rivalries.
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