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John Jay
1745 - 1829

American lawyer, elected delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, author (with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton) of the Federalist Papers (1787-1788). Jay did not favour independence from Britain, and did not sign the Declaration of Independence. After the Declaration, he was a supporter of the new nation and helped negotiate peace treaties with Britain, Spain and France.

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... the people of any country... seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests.

Oct. 31, 1787 - from Federalist Paper No. 2