John Jay: Founding Father

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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 the first full-length biography for almost seventy years, Walter Stahr brings Jay to life, setting his astonishing career against the background of the American Revolution." Drawing on substantial new material, Walter Stahr has written a portrait of both the public and the private man. It is the story not only of John Jay
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Overview

"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 for almost seventy years, Walter Stahr brings Jay to life, setting his astonishing career against the background of the American Revolution." Drawing on substantial new material, Walter Stahr has written a portrait of both the public and the 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 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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"Walter Stahr has not only given us a meticulous study of the life of John Jay, but one very much written in the spirit of the man. It is thorough, fair, and consistently intelligent and presented with the most scrupulous accuracy." —Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton

"John Jay was a brilliant and fascinating statesman who, along with his friend Benjamin Franklin, helped define the values of American diplomacy. Walter Stahr writes with great insight, and this wonderful book should help restore Jay's place in the pantheon of our great Founding Fathers." — Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"John Jay, the Founding Father most ignored by historians, has long awaited a good biography. Here it is! Jay played salient roles in many crucial aspects of the founding of the nation. He served in the Continental Congress, held diplomatic posts, played a vital role in the ratification of the Constitution, sat on the Supreme Court, and was governor of New York during the intensely partisan 1790s. Now, at last, a fine biography of this exceptional man is available. Walter Stahr has written a sensitive, illuminating, and provocative life history of Jay that will be welcomed by all who are interested in the American Revolution and the establishment of the Republic."—John Ferling, author of A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic and Adams Verses Jefferson: The Election of 1800

"The Federalists built the foundation of our modern American government, and no Federalist leader better exemplifies their vision for a soon-to-be vast and great nation than John Jay.
Co-author of the Federalist Papers, President of the Continental Congress, Secretary for
Foreign Affairs, Chief Justice, Governor: this towering figure of the legislative, executive,
and judicial branches made an amazing and indelible imprint on a nation destined to become the world's sole superpower. Walter Stahr's engrossing biography captures as no other book the complex character and profound thought of this influential American Founder, in the process helping us understand how a 55-year-old Governor of New York could decide to retire permanently from public life — by rejecting the President's nomination, and the Senate's vote of ratification, that would have made him once again Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court." — U.S. Rep. Christopher Cox (CA), Chairman, House Policy Committee

"For twenty five years, John Jay served his country as congressman, diplomat, chief justice, governor and polemicist, yet managed to retire beloved by everyone. Walter Stahr adds his portrait to the gallery of America's founders." —Richard Brookhiser, author of Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, The Rake Who Wrote the Constitution

"The greatest founders—such as Washington and Jefferson—have kept even the greatest of the second tier of the nation's founding generation in the shadows. But now John Jay (1745—1829), arguably the most important of this second group, has found an admiring, skilled student in Stahr, an international lawyer in Washington. D.C. Since the last biography of Jay appeared 60 years ago, a mountain of new knowledge about the early nation has piled up, and Stahr uses it all with confidence and critical detachment. Jay had a remarkable career. He was president of the Continental Congress, secretary of foreign affairs, a negotiator of the treaty that won the United States its independence in 1783, one of three authors of The Federalist Papers , first chief justice of the Supreme Court and governor of his native New York. Very few men exceeded Jay in importance and influence. Yet he presents a problem for any biographer: he was a conservative man of unfailingly sober disposition who left his mark more in significant deeds than in memorable words and commanding decisions. Stahr, however, captures both his subject's seriousness and his thoughtful, affectionate side as son, husband, father and friend. In humanizing Jay, Stahr makes him an appealing figure accessible to a large readership and places Jay once again in the company of America's greatest statesmen, where he unquestionably belongs." —Publishers Weekly"John Jay's writings lacked Jefferson's passionate eloquence in defense of liberty; his demeanor did not radiate the gravitas of Washington; he apparently did not share Madison's zest for and grasp of political theory. Yet, as this well-done biography illustrates, Jay was a vital figure in the founding of our republic, and he deserves an ample share of credit for the nurturing of our nation in its infancy. Stahr, an international lawyer, has written a fast-paced narrative account of Jay's life that stresses his deep religious connections, strength of moral character, and dedication to duty. By nature, Jay was conservative, and he was a reluctant revolutionary with the usual Federalist fears about unrestrained democracy. As an attorney and as first chief justice of the Supreme Court, he understood implicitly the need for the rule of law to prevail over the tendency to seek salvation from "great" men. He was a gifted diplomat whose negotiations in Europe helped our vulnerable nation to avoid conflicts with European powers, and he was an effective governor of New York." —Booklist
"Walter Stahr's excellent new biography should reestablish Jay's standing as one of America's great statesmen. It portrays Jay's life with a balance and command of the material worthy of the subject....This biography has the considerable virtue of being justly admiring without being fawning. Stahr notes Jay's propensity to be especially sharp with some of his extended relations. And while admiring Jay's longstanding opposition to slavery, he chides him for keeping slaves of his own and not freeing them expeditiously or graciously. Stahr minces no words about the virulence of Jay's anti-Catholicism, a product of the persecution of his Huguenot forebears...Walter Stahr deserves high praise for recovering the legacy of a great American statesman, and a remarkable man." —Weekly Standard
"Walter Stahr, an independent scholar, has written a fascinating, learned and beautifully written biography about a major figure of the American Revolution, one who has been too long overlooked. Mr. Stahr deserves consideration for the Pulitzer Prize for biography. His loving description of Manhattan in Jay's time filled me, a onetime New Yorker, with nostalgia... Stahr's biography, which sometimes reads like a novel because of its episodic quality, has opened up a whole new vista of the 13 colonies on the eve of battle and the miraculous aftermath that made possible the United States of America. I look forward to reading more history from this gifted scholar." —Washington Times

Walter Isaacson
Walter Stahr writes with great insight, and this wonderful book should restore Jay’s place in the pantheon of our great Founding Fathers
Publishers Weekly
Stahr . . . captures both his subject’s seriousness and his thoughtful, affectionate side as son, husband, father and friend. In humanizing Jay, Stahr makes him an appealing figure accessible to a large readership and places Jay once again in the company of America’s greatest statesmen, where he unquestionably belongs.
The New York Review of Books - Gordon S. Wood
Stahr has succeeded splendidly in his aim of recovering the reputation of John Jay as a major founder. His biography is a reliable and clearly written account [and] makes a persuasive case for including Jay among the first rank of Revolutionary leaders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826418791
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/17/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,148,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Stahr is an international lawyer for Emerging Markets Partnership in Washington, DC. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. New York
2. The Law
3. Resistance Leader
4. Revolutionary Leader
5. President of the Continental Congress
6. Mini
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    No Other Choice

    Stahr's wonderful and well written book on John Jay successfully retrieves Jay from near obscurity. After meeting Mr. Stahr today and discussing his book, I have selected the title 'No Other Choice' as the appropriate one for his masterful biography of this visionary and dedicated stateman. The author clearly shows how Jay reluctantly (at first)embraced democracy and willingly sacrificed himself for this new nation and did so simply because it 'was the right thing to do'. Historians may not rate him with Washington, Hamilton, Adams or Jefferson, but this books places him squarely in the same class. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    Superb and long overdue

    John Jay is the forgotten Founding Father and this book lifts him from the dustbin of history, brushes him off, and lets him stand next to all the big names -- Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton -- that for years have been so familiar to all Americans. This biography is written at a fast pace and takes in all of Jay's many accomplishments. You will finish it and wonder how it's possible that one man did so much and hasn't been celebrated more than he has. This is not only a great book but it's a lesson that the great often hide their light and it takes time and understanding to uncover them. Take the time to read this book and recommend it to friends. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    A Welcome Addition to biographies of the Founding Fathers

    Walter Stahr's new biography of founding father John Jay is a very welcome-and long overdue-addition to the literature on the American Revolution and the early years of the United States. Jay, a sober man, served his country with intelligence and integrity in more important posts than any other founding father. Stahr's thorough exploration of this complex man is fascinating and sympathetic. Well-written, this book should be snapped up by anyone interested in American history

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Jay

    *smiles at u

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