William Livingston: Governor, General, Signer of the Constitution

by  Liberty Hall Museum

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James Madison reportedly once said, "William Livingston did not take an active part in the debates at the Constitutional Convention but he was placed on important Committees where it may be presumed that he had an agency and a due influence.” Was Madison accusing Livingston of being lazy?  What was Livingston's role at the Constitutional Convention? Prove James Madison wrong and discover how your historic neighbor, William Livingston, shaped the ideas that make up the government of the United States from the assumption of State debts to the creation of the Electoral College! 

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Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Leadership, Social Studies/History Political Science, Government

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Program Availability: Monday-Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm-5:00pm; Programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Liberty Hall Museum

Union, New Jersey
United States

Liberty Hall Museum, a historic house and gardens museum in Union, New Jersey and the state's premier in-person and virtual field trip destination, offers a diverse array of virtual school programs and lifelong learner experiences designed to enlighten and inform all curious minds.

Whether you are playing with toys from over 200 years ago with your school class, studying the plants in our historic greenhouses with your scout troop, or engaging with a presentation about Liberty Hall’s powerful women at your local library, Liberty Hall Museum provides the unique opportunity to see, touch, and relive history.

Our school programs meet a variety of Common Core and New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and all our programs are conducted by museum educators who share a genuine love of this museum. Liberty Hall’s historians and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every visitor who visits the museum leaves with a greater appreciation for our nation and our state’s history.

Hannah Gaston

Program Details


1. Introduction to Liberty Hall
2. Background on William Livingston
3. Livingston's roles at the Constitutional Convention
4. Ramifications of Livingston's decisions
5. History of National Constitution Day
6. Question and Answer Time


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of how our government was originally structured and how it operates today
- Form their own conclusions regarding Livingston's role at the Constitutional Convention
- Develop an appreciation for how the decisions made at the Constitutional Convention still affect our government and lives today