John Jay: Founding Father

John Jay: Founding Father


By (author) Walter Stahr

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  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum
  • Format: Paperback | 482 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 224mm x 36mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826418791
  • ISBN 13: 9780826418791
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,749,615

Product description

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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Author information

Walter B. Stahr is an international lawyer with a longstanding interest in the history of the American Revolution. A graduate of Standford University, he also studied at Harvard, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Kennedy School of Public Policy.

Review quote

"'John Jay was a brilliant and fascinating statesman who, along with his friend Benjamin Franklin, helped to define the values of American diplomacy. Walter Stahr writes with great insight, and this wonderful book should restore Jay's place in the pantheon of our great Founding Fathers.' Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life 'Walter Stahr has not only given us a meticulous study of the life of John Jay, but one very much in the spirit of the man. It is thorough, fair, consistently intelligent, and presented with the most scrupulous accuracy. Let us hope that this book helps to retrieve Jay from the relative obscurity to which he has been unfairly consigned by biographical fashion in recent years.' Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton 'John Jay, the Founding Father most ignored by historians has long awaited a good biography. Here it is! 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 Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 'A fascinating, learned and beautifully written biography of a major figure of the American Revolution, one who has been too long overlooked. Mr. Stahr deserves consideration for the Pulitzer Prize.' Washington Times '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.' Gordon S. Wood in the New York Review of Books 'Walter Stahr's even-handed riveting on the matter of negotiating tactics, as practiced by Adams, Jay and Franklin.' The Economist"

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 Minister to Spain; 7 Peace Commissioner; 8 American in Paris; 9 Secretary for Foreign Affairs; 10 Home and Society; 11 Federalist; 12 First Chief Justice; 13 Envoy to England; 14 Governor of New York; 15 Retirement; 16 Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.