- NAME: John Jay
- OCCUPATION: Supreme Court Justice, Diplomat, U.S. Representative, U.S. Governor, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: December 12, 1745
- DEATH DATE: May 17, 1829
- EDUCATION: King's College (now Columbia University)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bedford, New York
- AKA: Judge John Jay
- AKA: Justice John Jay
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One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, John Jay is known as a writer of The Federalist Papers and for being the nation's first chief justice.
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In 1801, Jay stepped away from public life to retire to his farm in Bedford, New York. He died at his farm on May 17, 1829, at the age of 83. Having served his country for years as a judge, Constitutional advocate and diplomat, and in elected office, Jay merits a place of honor among the Founding Fathers of the United States.
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