John Jay’s accomplishments span pre- and post-Revolutionary history and extend into all three branches of government.
Jay was a major contributor to the Federalist Papers, negotiated the ultimately controversial 1794 Jay Treaty with Great Britain, and even served two terms as the governor of New York, but above all he is remembered as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court.
When President Washington appointed Jay, the court was a
blank slate, and his papers provide a fascinating look at the creation of court procedure, much of which survives to this day.
Fully annotated and searchable , this XML-based archive of Jay’s papers will include all seven volumes planned for the complete print edition and is
interoperable with the other titles in Rotunda’s
American Founding Era collection.
Rotunda editions were established by generous grants from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the
President’s Office of the University of Virginia
Portrait of John Jay by Gilbert Stuart, 1794
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art