October 18, 2017

Today in History: Robert R. Livingston

A biographical sketch of Robert R. Livingston
Today in History–November 27–the Library of Congress features statesman Robert R. Livingston, born on this day in 1746. Born into a prominent New York family, Livingston was a politically active lawyer. He was on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, helped draft New York’s first constitution, and served as minister to France at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Find out more about this revolutionary politico by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.

Robert R. Livingston correspondence

Map of Livingston Manor, 1714

The address of Mr. Justice Livingston, to the House of Assembly, in support of his right to a seat” 1769

“Thoughts on coinage, and the establishment of a mint, submitted to the consideration of those statesmen only, who dare to quit the beaten path” 1791

A biographical sketch of Robert R. Livingston: read before the N.Y. Historical Society 1876

The Declaration committee Currier & Ives, 1876

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