Mr. Jay of Bedford: John Jay the Retirement Years 1801-1829


John Jay was dedicated to the cause of American independence, and is best remembered for his notable accomplishments during his career as a public official. This book examines the challenges faced by John Jay during the last years of his life with particular attention given to the qualities in his character that enabled him to achieve success not only as a public official, but also in his retirement, and his ability to persevere, especially in times of adversity.

John Jay’s retirement to his farm in Bedford, New York, his family, the Village of Bedford, his religious beliefs, his political views, and the republic he helped to create are discussed, often in the words of John Jay, his family, friends and compatriots. In addition to observations made by family members and contemporaries, quotes from John Jay reveal his character. Jay never left anyone in doubt as to his position on the issue at hand. The marriage of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay was a union of two perfectly matched souls who enlightened and advanced the cause of American independence. The author dispels the notion that John Jay was a “broken man” after the death of his wife. Numerous illustrations, a bibliography, and an index to full-names, places and subjects add to the value of this work. 

Carol Brier

2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 366 pp.

ISBN: 9780788457111