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Signing of the Declaration of Independence
Livingston's signature is not on the Declaration of Independence because he was in New York during the signing.

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Statesman Robert R. Livingston Was Born
November 27, 1746

Born into a wealthy and influential New York family, Livingston studied at King's College--today known as Columbia University--where he met fellow lawyer John Jay, who would later become the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. They set up a legal practice together, until the British appointed Livingston to a New York City judicial post. He quickly lost his post, however, when the British learned of his support for independence for the American Colonies. Livingston, acting upon his beliefs in June 1776, joined Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Roger Sherman to draft the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776. His name did not appear on the document, though, because he was back in New York when the official signing took place on August 2, 1776. What did Livingston have to do with potatoes and steam?
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