Philip Livingston

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
York, Pennsylvania April 22, 2010 14th Visited


While it should have been an easy                                                            Philip Livingston's epitaph was
task finding Philip Livingston's                                                                  engraved in an area on the
final resting place, my father and                                                             marker with a ridge going
had lots of trouble doing so.                                                                    around it, which protected it
                                                                                                            from the weather. Otherwise, it
                                                                                                            would be difficult to read.


Livingston lived from 1716 to 1778. He was                                               Small, metal markers like the
sixty years old when he signed the Declaration                                           one pictured above are often
of Independence.                                                                                    seen at the burial sites of
                                                                                                            signatories of the Declaration of

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Born on January 15, 1716 in Albany, New York, Philip Livingston would grow up to be a very important figure in America's history. Attending Yale University, he graduated from that establishment in 1737. Afterward, he moved to New York City, where he entered the mercantile business.

* Livingston took his first step into public service in 1754, when he was elected as an alderman in New York City. The people of New York re-elected him to that post for nine consecutive years.

* While he was still serving as an alderman, Livingston was elected to New York's general assembly. A very influential member of the group, he served as one of its members for ten years. In 1775, he became a member of the Continental Congress.

* Though several delegates to the Congress had to be persuaded to sign the Declaration of Independence, Philip Livingston was not one of them. He was extremely unpleased by how Great Britain had abused its authority over the United States, and in July of 1776, he voted for independence.

* In 1778, while serving in the Continental Congress, Philip Livingston passed away. He had already said his farewells to his friends and colleagues the month before, as the delegate had feared that the end would soon be upon him. Though he was a native of New York, it was typical for people of that time period to be buried in the town they died in. For this reason, he was buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania.

Spouse: Christina Ten Broeck Livingston (1718-1801)

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