Philip Livingston (1716-1778)


Philip Livingston (1716-1778)
Given Name
Family Name
Birth Date
15 January 1716
Death Date
12 June 1778
Biographical Description
Philip Livingston (1716-1778) was a charter trustee of Queen's College and a slave trader. He came from a wealthy landowning family in upstate New York and moved to New York City to operate the family's mercantile business, which was started by his father Philip Livingston (1686-1749). He invested heavily in slave-trading voyages to Africa and owned several plantations in the Caribbean as part of a vast international mercantile operation that revolved around the exploitation of Africans. These activities made him one of the richest men in 18th-century New York.

A signer of the Declaration of Independence, he held a variety of government roles representing the state of New York, including member of the Provincial Assembly (1759-1769), and state senator in 1777. He married Christina Ten Broeck in 1740. They had nine children, of whom daughter Sarah (1752-1814) would marry her cousin and future Queen's College President, the Rev. John Henry Livingston, in 1775.
Place of Origin
Albany, NY
Place of Significance
Albany, NY
New York, NY
Rutgers University
Relationship to Rutgers
Trustee (Founding 1766-1778)

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