William LIVINGSTON, Congress, NJ (1723-1790)


LIVINGSTON, William, (brother of Philip Livingston and cousin of Edward Livingston and Robert R. Livingston), a Delegate from New Jersey; born in Albany, N.Y., November 30, 1723; was graduated from Yale College in 1741; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1748 and commenced practice in New York; established and edited the Independent Reflector in 1752; a commissioner to adjust the boundary lines between New York and Massachusetts in 1754 and New York and New Jersey in 1764; member of the provincial assembly from Livingston Manor 1759-1761; moved to Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), N.J., in 1772; Member of the Continental Congress from July 23, 1774, to June 22, 1776; commissioned a brigadier general of the New Jersey Militia on October 28, 1775, and served until August 31, 1776, having been elected Governor; served consecutively as Governor of New Jersey from August 31, 1776, until his death; delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and one of the signers of the Constitution; died in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., July 25, 1790; interment in the family vault in Trinity Churchyard, New York City; reinterred, 1846, in Brockholst Livingston vault, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Klein, Milton M. (Milton Martin). The American Whig: William Livingston of New York. 1990. Reprint, New York: Garland Publishers, 1993.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present