Edward Philip Livingston

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Edward Philip Livingston (November 24, 1779 Kingston, Jamaica - November 3, 1843 Clermont, Columbia County, New York) was an American politician.

Family background[edit]

He was the son of Philip Philip Livingston (1741–1787, son of Philip Livingston) and Sara (Johnson) Livingston (ca. 1749-1802). In 1799, he married Elizabeth Stevens Livingston (1780–1829, daughter of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston). Their daughter Elizabeth Livingston (1813–1896) was the grandmother of Anna Hall Roosevelt, and great-grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt. After his father-in-law's death, Edward P. Livingston became the master of Clermont Manor which he left to his son Clermont Livingston (1817–1896).


He was a graduate of Columbia College.

He resided at Clermont Manor from 1802 until the time of his death.

He was aide to Governor Daniel D. Tompkins, and private secretary to his father-in-law Robert R. Livingston (1746–1813), then US Minister to France.

Edward P. Livingston was a member of the New York State Senate (Middle D.) from 1808 to 1812; a presidential elector in 1820, voting for James Monroe and Daniel D. Tompkins; and again a member of the State Senate (3rd D.) in 1823 and 1824.

He was proposed in 1830 for Governor of New York, but his right was questioned on the ground of his having been born in the island of Jamaica. It did not invalidate his claim, but was used to defeat his nomination, and he was elected Lieutenant Governor instead, holding office from 1831 to 1832. He was again a presidential elector in 1832.

He was again a member of the State Senate (3rd D.) in 1838 and 1839. He resigned his seat on October 9, 1839.

Notable relatives[edit]

He was a grandnephew of Governor of New Jersey William Livingston; grandson of the signer of the Declaration of Independence Philip Livingston; first cousin once removed of Speaker of the New York State Assembly Walter Livingston; first cousin once removed and nephew by marriage of Secretary of State Edward Livingston; and second cousin of United States Representative from New York Henry Walter Livingston.

Livingston was the great-great-grandfather of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
Third District (Class 1)

Succeeded by
Jacob Haight
Preceded by
New York State Senate
Third District (Class 2)

Succeeded by
Richard McMichael
Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Oliver
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1831 - 1832
Succeeded by
John Tracy
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Alonzo C. Paige
New York State Senate
Third District (Class 3)

1838 – 1839
Succeeded by
Friend Humphrey