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Robert R. Livingston
Date: 1746–1813
Robert Livingston
Remarks: A member of the influential Livingston family. Graduated King's College and became a Lawyer. Livingston became politically active during the era of the Stamp Act. He was a member of the Provincial congress of New York and was selected to attend the Continental Congress. He was on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence but did not get a chance to sign it. He was Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation and then Chancellor of New York. He supported a Federal Constitution and was at the convention to ratify it. He later administered the presidential oath of office to Washington. Jefferson appointed him minister to the court of Napolean in 1801 and he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase.