LIVINGSTON, Robert R., (brother of Edward Livingston and cousin of Philip Livingston and
a Delegate from New York; born in New York City November 27, 1746;
was graduated from Kings College (now Columbia University), New York City, in
1765; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1773 and commenced practice in
New York City; city recorder 1773-1775; member of the provincial convention of
1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1775-1776, 1779-1780 and 1784; one of
the committee of five appointed to draw up the Declaration of Independence but
returned to duties in the provincial assembly before it was signed; delegate to
the State constitutional convention in April 1777; Secretary of Foreign Affairs
from August 1781 to August 1783; chancellor of New York State 1777-1801 and
administered the oath of office to President Washington April 30, 1789;
unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New York in 1798; Minister
Plenipotentiary to France 1801-1804; assisted Robert Fulton and was his partner
in constructing the first steamboat; died in Clermont, N.Y., February 26, 1813;
interment on his estate, Clermont, near Clermont, N.Y.; reinterment in St.
Paul's Churchyard, Tivoli, N.Y.
Chancellor Robert R. Livingston of New York, 1746-1813. New
York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1960.