King’s College Secondary Bibliography

King’s College, 1754 – 1775: A Secondary Bibliography

Institutional Accounts:
David C. Humphrey, From King’s College to Columbia, 1746 – 1800 (Columbia UP, 1976)

Robert A. McCaughey, Stand Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the
      City of New York, 1754 – 2004(Columbia UP, 2013), 1-48.

Biographies of Prominent  King’s College Personages:

William Livingston (1723-1790)
Milton M. Klein, American Whig: William Livingston of New York (Garland, 1993)

Samuel Johnson (1696 – 1772), president 1754-1763
Joseph J. Ellis, The New England Mind in Transition: Samuel Johnson of Connecticut, 1696-1772 (Yale UP, 1973)
Norman Fiering, “President Samuel Johnson and the Circle of Knowledge,” William and Mary Quarterly
28 (1971), 199-236.

John Jay  
(1745-1829) (KC 1764)
Richard B. Morris, John Jay: The Making of a Revolutionary (Harper & Row, 1975)

Gouverneur Morris  (1752-1816)  (KC 1768)
Mary-Jo Kline, “Gouverneur Morris and the new nation, 1775-1788, Columbia University
History Dissertation, 1970

Alexander Hamilton (1752-1804) (KC 1774-75)
James T. Flexner, The Young Hamilton: A Biography (Little, Brown, 1978)

Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813)  (KC 1765)
George Dangerfield, Chancellor Robert Livingston of New York, 1776-1813 (Harcourt Brace, 1962)

The Fight Over  King’s College’s Founding

Milton Klein. Ed., “introduction” to The Independent reflector, by William Livingston and Others
(Harvard UP, 1963)
Donald F.M. Gerardi, “The King’s College Controversy, 1753-1756, and the Ideological Roots of Toryism
in New York, “ Perspectives in American History, XI (1977-78), 145-196.

The Religious Context

Carl Bridenbaugh,  Mitre and Scepture: Transatlantic faiths, Ideas, Personalties and Politics,
       1689-177 (Oxford UP. 1967)

Jean Paul Jordan, “The Anglican Establishment in Colonial New York, 1693-1783,” Columbia
University History Dissertation, 1973

The Political Context

Patricia U. Bonomi, A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonia New York (Columbia UP, 1971)

The Commercial Context

Cathy Matson, Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York (Johns Hopkins UP, 1997)

Last updated: December 16, 2013


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