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Brockholst Livingston

  • Birth 25 Nov 1757 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 18 Mar 1823 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 10672493

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. He was born on a Friday to William Livingston and Susanna French and given the name Henry Brockholst Livingston. He would soon drop the first name in both his professional and private lives. He was the nephew of Philip Livingston, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and brother-in-law of John Jay. He attended what would become Princeton University and was classmates with future President James Madison. At the age of 19 he joined the Continental Army and saw action with Benedict Arnold and was aide to Generals Philip John Schuyler and Arthur St. Clair. In 1779 He joined his brother-in-law John Jay, as his aide on a mission to Spain to seek help for the colonies. By 1782 he was quarreling with Jay so much he was dismissed. On his way home he was captured by the British but soon released. In 1783 he was admitted to the New York Bar. In 1786 he was elected to the New York State Assembly, while continuing his law practice. In 1798 he killed a man in a duel. 1802 saw him becoming a Judge on the New York Supreme Court. President Jefferson gave him serious consideration for the 1804 US Supreme Court seat vacancy but the seat went to William Johnson. He was eventually appointed in 1806 when President Washington appointee William Paterson died. He would serve for 16 years before dying at age 65.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10672493
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Brockholst Livingston (25 Nov 1757–18 Mar 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10672493, citing Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .