Revolutionary and Governor

Nicholas P. Miller

in The Religious Roots of the First Amendment

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858361
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949724 | DOI:
Revolutionary and Governor

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William Livingston, New York lawyer, revolutionary war leader, and eventual governor of New Jersey, was involved in opposing the Anglican control of the newly established King’s College, forerunner to Columbia University. He was unsuccessful in his immediate battle, but his writings on the importance of a public system of education free from the control of state-sponsored religion became the paradigm for the future. His writings provide an insight into the American melding of enlightenment ideals with Biblically-conservative Protestant teachings.

Keywords: Enlightenment and religion; Kings College; public education; religion and education

Chapter.  7865 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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