Duane, James (1733–1797)

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DUANE, JAMES (1733–1797)

James Duane, a wealthy New York lawyer and conservative political leader of the Revolutionary period, served in the Continental Congress (1774–1784) and helped write and secure ratification of the articles of confederation. As mayor of New York City (1784–1789) he presided over the Mayor's Court case of rutgers v. waddington (1784), a disputed precedent for judicial review. Not named, because of his nationalist views, as a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1787, he attended the New York convention and worked for ratification of the constitution. He was later the first united states district court judge in New York (1789–1794).

Dennis J. Mahoney