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Assembling representatives from every colony, the Continental Congress began as a coordinated effort to resist the British

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

Jay held numerous posts of public importance throughout the Revolutionary crisis, including president of the Continental Congress and peace commissioner, in which he negotiated treaties with Spain and France. In 1784, Jay was named Secretary of Foreign Affairs, one of the nation's highest-ranking diplomatic posts. After the war, Jay joined Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in arguing for the creation of a new and more powerful, but balanced system of government. They explained their proposed system in the Federalist Papers, a series of 85 articles, five of them written by Jay.
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