Born in New York City. Graduate of Kings College, now Columbia University, in 1764. Admitted to the bar in 1768. Married Sarah Livingston, daughter of the governor of New Jersey, April 28, 1774. They had seven children.
Served as delegate to the Continental Congress 1774 to 1779 and as its president 1778 to 1779. Chief Justice of New York 1776 to 1778. He served as the first Chief Justice of the United States 1789 to 1795. Elected Governor of New York and served 1795 to 1801. Jay died in Bedford, New York.
Jay appears on a mint medal (USM 901) as one of a series for Chief Justices.
bio: ApCAB; BDC; BDEB; DAB; Drake; EAB; NCAB 1; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-HSource credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies