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LIVINGSTON, Philip

1716–1778

Biography

LIVINGSTON, Philip, (Brother of William Livingston, cousin of Edward Livingston and Robert R. Livingston, and uncle of Walter Livingston), a Delegate from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., January 15, 1716; was graduated from Yale College in 1737; engaged in the mercantile business in New York City; member of the board of aldermen 1754-1762; member of the provincial house of representatives 1763-1769 and served as speaker in 1768; member of the New York Committee of Correspondence; delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765; register in chancery in 1768 and 1769; Member of the Continental Congress from 1774 until his death; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; president of the New York Provincial Convention in 1775; member of the State assembly in 1776; served in the State senate in 1777; prominent in commercial and educational societies; died while attending the sixth session of the Continental Congress in York, Pa., June 12, 1778; interment in a tomb in Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York County, Pa.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1756, 1 item. A note signed by Philip Livingston attesting a power of attorney granted by Abgail Mulholland.
Papers: 1758, 1 item. A petition signed by Philip Livingston for Governor DeLancey on February 15, 1758. The petition grants permission to equip the ship "Mary Pink."
Papers: 1763 and 1765, 2 items. Two letters from Philip Livingston to Richard Derby written on June 6, 1763 and June 8, 1765. The letters regard the shipment of some Madeira win.
Papers: 1773, 1 item. A letter from Philip Livingston to Jellis Fonda written on May 12, 1773. In the letter, Philip Livingston asks for money.
Papers: 1776, 1 item. A document signed by Philip Livingston on June 27, 1776.
Papers: 1776, 1 item. A letter from Philip Livingston to John Ross written on September 17, 1776. In the letter, Philip Livingston orders blankets and cloth.
Papers: 1776, October 29. A receipt signed by Philip Livingston for 60 dollars disbursed to Jonathan Luttrill.

Adriance Memorial Library
Local History

Poughkeepsie, NY
Papers: In the Livingston Family Correspondence, 1732-1799, 0.1 cubic foot. Correspondents include Philip Livingston.

Clermont State Historic Site

Germantown, NY
Papers: 1775, 1 item. A letter from Philip Livingston to his son, Philip, discussing the war situation and moving the family out of danger.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the Ludlow Family Papers, 1765-1829, 225 items. The collection contains letters and documents relating to the estate of Philip Livingston, including material on the Schoharie lands and letters to Charles Ludlow, executor, 1811-1814.

The John Work Garrett Library Evergreen House

Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Signers Collection, 1770-1826, 60 documents. Subjects include Philip Livingston.

Museum of the City of New York
Manuscript Collection, Department of Paintings, Prints, and Photographs

New York, NY
Papers: In the Livingston Family Papers, 1719-1889, 1.2 cubic feet. Most papers are of Philip Livingston and pertain to business and family matters, land grants and the purchasing and laying out of townships, purchasing land from Indians and relationship with Indians, settlement of land by Europeans, and the French and Indian War, 1736-1775.

New Jersey Historical Society

Newark, NJ
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1664-1956, 10 linear feet. Correspondents include Philip Livingston.

The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Collections

New York, NY
Microfilm: In the William Alexander Selected Papers, ca. 1767-1782, 1 linear foot. Subjects include Philip Livingston.
Papers: Elizabeth M. Smith Collection Supplement, approximately 425 items. Subjects include Philip Livingston.

The New York Public Library
Rare Books & Manuscripts Division

New York, NY
Papers: In the William Edgar Papers, 1750-1870, 2 linear feet. Correspondents include Philip Livingston.
Papers: In the Livingston Family Papers, 1682-1934, 1.2 linear feet. Other authors include Philip Livingston.
Papers: In the Van Rensselaer-Fort Papers, 1708-1885, 1.5 linear feet. Other authors include Philip Livingston.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1745, 1 page. A receipt from Philip Livingston, Jr. for fifty-five pounds received from Harry Roster as part of a repayment owed to Philip Livingston's father.
Papers: 1775, 1 item. A letter from Philip Livingston to an unidentified recipient written in 1775.
Papers: 1784, 6 pages. A petition to the Legislature of the State of New York by Philip Livingston, Christina Livingston, Thomas Jones, and the Rev. John Livingston in behalf of themselves, all other beneficiaries of the late Philip Livingston, and all other interested parties in the estate, requesting that the estate be vested in Philip Livingston, Isaac Roosevelt and Robert C. Livingston in order that debts on the estate might be cleared.
Papers: In the Van Schaick Family Papers, 1707-1888, 5 boxes. Subjects include Philip Livingston.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1764, 1 item. A letter from Philip Livingston to Isaac Gouverneur written on January 20, 1764. In the letter, Philip Livingston asks Isaac Gouverneur's assistance in recovering a ship and cargo pledged to him as security by a bankrupt debtor.
Papers: 1776, 1 item. A letter from the United States Continental Congress, Secret Committee to the Assembly of Massachusetts Bay, written on December 4, 1776. The letter concerns the congressional agents sent to procure clothing for the army. The letter is signed by several individuals, including Philip Livingston.
Papers: In the A. S. W. Rosenbach Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items. Other authors include Philip Livingston.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1776, 2 items. A warrant for David Baulding written on June 29, 1776. Philip Livingston and John Jay call for the appearance of David Baulding as a witness to testify regarding the mutiny of [Thomas] Hickey and the plot to assassinate George Washington. Philip Livingston has signed the document with John Jay. An engraving of Philip Livingston accompanies the letter.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Anthony, Robert Warren. Philip Livingston, A Tribute. Albany, N.Y.: Fort Orange Press, 1924.

Livingston, Philip. To the Inhabitants of the City and County of New-York. [New York: Printed by J. Holt, 1775].

------. The Other Side of the Question: Or, A Defence [sic] of the Liberties of North-America. In Answer to a Late Friendly Address to All Reasonable Americans, on the Subject of Our Political Confusions. By a citizen. 1774. Reprint, Tarrytown, N.Y.: W. Abbatt, 1916.

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