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John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Signed Document

John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Signed Document

John Jay contributed enormously to the founding and central structure of the United States. In 1787-88, he collaborated with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in writing the Federalist Papers, which made a convincing case for the strong union ultimately provided for in our Constitution. In 1789, George Washington appointed John Jay the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Some years later, Jay returned from treaty negotiations in London to discover he had been elected Governor of New York State. This historic document is dated February 11, 1799, when Jay was serving as Governor, and grants "appurtenances" to Peter Ten Brouck, a notable upstate New York landowner and war hero. The 13" x 7 1/2" document is signed in black pen by John Jay and is attractively matted together with a 5 1/4" x 7" lithograph of Jay, all framed in gilt wood under glass to an overall dimension of 27" x 14 3/4". The document exhibits some creasing from having been folded, but is free of tears or missing material. An opportunity to acquire a rare and highly significant historic document from one of the founders of our country.

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