William Livingston

William Livingston (1723 - 1790)

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Gov William "1st Governor of New Jersey" Livingston
Born in Livingston Manor, Albany, New Yorkmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in NYmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Sep 2011 | Last significant change: 17 Dec 2018
13:11: Rick Pierpont edited the Biography for William Livingston (1723-1790). (Add source.) [Thank Rick for this]
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Gov William Livingston was a Founding Father in the American Revolution
Preceded by
New Jersey Constitution
ratified July 2, 1776
William Livingston
1st Governor
of New Jersey
New Jersey
Succeeded by
Acting Governor
Elisha Lawrence



William Livingston is Notable.
William Livingston is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-237467
Rank: Brig General/PS

1st Governor of New Jersey Yale Graduate VIII. William, b. 8th November, 1723; d. 25th July, 1790; graduate of Yale, 1741; Member of the Provincial Assembly, 1759-1761; Governor of New Jersey, 1776-1790, LL.D., 1788; m. circa 1745, Susannah FRENCH, bapt. 19th June, 1723, d. 17th July, 1789. (Colonial Families in the U.S.) After he purchased a farm at Elizabethtown, NJ; he erected a mansion which he named Liberty Hall. He was a member of the Continental Congress from NJ in 1774, 1775, and 1776; but having been appointed a Brigadier General in 1775, he was in actual command of the US forces at Elizabethtown on July 4, 1776, so he could not sign the Declaration of Independence. In August 1776, he was elected to Governor of NJ


  1. Catherine Livingston 1751 - 1813
  2. William Livingston 1754 - 1817
  3. Judith Livingston 1758 - 1843
  4. John Lawrence Livingston 1762 - 1781
  5. Sarah Livingston (Jay)
  6. Mary Livingston 1753 - ?
  7. Henry Brockholst Livingston 1757 - 1823
  8. Philip French Livingston 1760 - ?
  9. Elizabeth Livingston 1764 - 1765
  10. Susan Livingston
  11. William Livingston, governor of New Jersey, whose wife was Susanna French.

Of their children, 2.6.1. Susannah married hon. John Cleves Symmes (see art. 1004); 2.6.2. Catharine, Matthew Ridley, for her first husband, and John Livingston, for her second; 2.6.3. Mary, James Linn, esq. 2.6.4. Judith, John Watkins; 2.6.5. hon. Henry Brockholst, Catharine Keteltas, for his first wife, and Ann Ludlow, for his second; 2.6.6 Sarah, his excel. John Jay (see art. 1069); 2.6.7. William;

Research Notes

'Member of New York colonial assembly, 1759-61; Delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1774-76; Governor of New Jersey, 1776-90; died in office 1790; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787. Presbyterian. Died July 25, 1790. Originally entombed at Trinity Churchyard, New York, N.Y.; re-entombed in 1846 at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y'[11]

Middle initial S. removed - please add a citation.


  • Revolutionary War Graves Register. Clovis H. Brakebill, compiler. 672pp. SAR. 1993. Also SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register CD. Progeny Publishing Co: Buffalo, NY. 1998
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed February 15 2015), "Record of William Livingston", Ancestor # 838628.

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