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William S. Livingston, Sr., Governor

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Death: July 25, 1790 (66)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Philip Livingston, 2nd Lord of the Manor and Catrina Livingston
Husband of Susanna French Livingston
Father of Susannah Symmes; Catherine Ridley; Mary Livingston; William Livingston, Jr.; Philip French Livingston and 7 others
Brother of Robert Livingston, 3rd Lord of the Manor; Peter Van Brugh Livingston; John Livingston; Philip Livingston, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"; Hendrick (Henry) Livingston and 4 others

Occupation: Founding Father of USA, Governor of NJ, signed US Constitution, delegate to 1st and 2nd Continental Congress, lawyer, Yale graduate., 1st Governor of New Jersey, Signing Father, Governor
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About Gov. William S. Livingston, Signer, US Constitution

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...William Livingston (November 30, 1723 – July 25, 1790) served as the Governor of New Jersey (1776–1790) during the American Revolutionary War and was a signer of the United States Constitution..."

"...Livingston was the son of Philip Livingston and was born in Albany. Livingston received his early education from local schools and tutors. At age 14, Livingston was sent to live a year with a missionary among the Iroquois Indians in the Mohawk Valley. He enrolled at Yale University upon his return in 1738 and graduated in 1741..."

"...There he married Susannah French, the daughter of a wealthy New Jersey landowner..."

"...Three of Livingston's daughters – Sarah, Susan, and Catherine – came to be known as 'the three graces'. The height of social activity during this era was the wedding, at Liberty Hall, in April 1774 of Sarah to a young New York lawyer, John Jay..."

"...After attaining considerable influence amongst the local patriots, Livingston was a elected to the Continental Congress from July 1774 to June 1776. In October 1775, he was commissioned a brigadier general of the New Jersey Militia. He resigned in August 1776 when he was elected Governor of New Jersey – holding the office until his death in 1790..."

"...Livingston married Susannah French in 1742. They had 13 children. Livingston's daughter, Susannah, married John Cleves Symmes in 1780 and became the stepmother-in-law of President William Henry Harrison. Another descendant of William Livingston was Julia Kean, wife of United States Secretary of State and New York Governor Hamilton Fish.

Livingston led the New Jersey Delegation to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and one of the signers of the Constitution..."

"...Livingston died in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was originally buried in Trinity Church, New York, but was reinterred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn on May 7, 1844..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Livingston', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 April 2011, 09:00 UTC, <> [accessed 6 May 2011]


William Livingston and Susannah French had 13 children.

  1. Name: William S. LIVINGSTON
  2. Sex: M
  3. Birth: 8 NOV 1723 in Livingston Manor, Albany, New York
  4. Death: 25 JUL 1790 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey

Father: Philip LIVINGSTON b: 9 JUL 1686 in Albany, New York Mother: Catherine VAN BRUGH b: 1689

Marriage 1 Susannah FRENCH b: 1723

   * Married: 1745 


  1. LIVINGSTON b: 1746
  2. LIVINGSTON b: 1747
  3. Susannah LIVINGSTON b: 1748
  4. Catherine LIVINGSTON b: 16 SEP 1751
  5. Mary LIVINGSTON b: 16 FEB 1753
  6. William LIVINGSTON b: 21 MAY 1754
  7. Philip Van Brugh LIVINGSTON b: 1755
  8. Sarah Van Brugh LIVINGSTON b: 2 AUG 1756
  9. Henry Brockholst LIVINGSTON b: 25 NOV 1757 in New York, New York
  10. Judith LIVINGSTON b: 30 DEC 1758
  11. Philip French LIVINGSTON b: 1 SEP 1760
  12. John Lawrence LIVINGSTON b: 15 JUL 1762
  13. Elizabeth Clarkson LIVINGSTON b: 5 APR 1764C


Research Note:

I do not believe he is the father of James Livingston. He had 13 children, non named James. Until I find a James' father I will leave this and the preceding profiles as they are written in Nano's family tree book

SOURCE: Unknown

Military Service:

Associated Ancestor (Revolutionary) Record LIVINGSTON, WILLIAM SR Ancestor #: A070860



Service Source: STRYKER, REG OF OFF & MEN OF NJ IN THE REV, P338, 349 AMER NAT'L BIOG 1999 VOL 13, P778


served as the Governor of New Jersey (1776–1790) during the American Revolutionary War and was a signer of the United States Constitution.

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Gov. William S. Livingston, Signer, US Constitution's Timeline

November 30, 1723
Albany, New York, United States
Age 22
Age 24
September 16, 1751
Age 27
February 16, 1753
Age 29
May 21, 1754
Age 30
New York
Age 31
August 2, 1756
Age 32
November 25, 1757
Age 33
New York, Province of New York, British America