John Jay

John Jay descended from brave Huguenot exiles from France who came to America after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. They prospered in trade, continued to marry fellow French expats and saw to the education and success of their children and grandchildren. John Jay, from a family of ten children, was mostly home educated until he attended and graduated from Columbia University, then known as The King’s College. He read law, passed the bar and “almost immediately established an extensive and lucrative practice” in New York. His contributions to independence and the early Republic placed him among the greatest of the founders as a patriot, a statesman, and defender of the rule of law.