The Jay, Rutledge, and Ellsworth Courts (1789–1800)


What famous documents did John Jay help write?

John Jay, along with future president James Madison and future Treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton, wrote the Federalist Papers, a series of essays designed to arouse public support for the new U.S. Constitution. Madison and Hamilton were the primary authors of the eighty-five-essay set; Jay wrote about five essays.

U.S. general and future first president George Washington presides over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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