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John Jay, one of the nation's founding fathers

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John Jay, One of the Nation's Founding Fathers, Was Born
December 12, 1745

When someone talks about the founding fathers of the United States, to whom are they referring? Generally it's the men that helped to bring independence to the Colonies and create a Constitution that would ensure democracy and a balance of powers in the new country. One of these men is John Jay. Born on December 12, 1745, to a prominent and wealthy family in the Province of New York, Jay attended Columbia University and then practiced law. Establishing a reputation in New York, Jay was elected to serve as delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. These groups debated whether the Colonies should declare independence from Britain.
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