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John Jay: Founding Father by Walter Stahr
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John Jay: Founding Father

by Walter Stahr

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This pleasing, solid biography of John Jay traces his remarkable professional life with glimpses of his personal relationships as well. There's not much psychological analysis in this biography, but perhaps that fits Jay's personality. As presented here, Jay comes across as hardworking, incisive, practical, and principled, with rather less vanity and perhaps less curiosity or imagination than his more famous associates (Hamilton, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams). The book is at its strongest explaining the details of Jay's diplomatic negotiations and judicial opinions, and summarizing Jay's central role in talking up the need for a stronger federal government in the mid 1780s. The book paints a lovely portrait of Jay's happy marriage to Sarah Livingston, a whip-smart extrovert who was evidently devoted to her husband (and he to her). ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0826418791, Paperback)

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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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 this first full-length biography of John Jay in almost 70 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.… (more)

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