James DeLancey was born in New York, the son of French Hugenot emigrant Etienne (Stephen) DeLancey, and was educated in England, graduating from Cambridge and studying law at the Inss of Court. He returned to New York in 1725 and began his career in politics. DeLancey married Anne Heathcote, daughter of the Manor Lord of Scarsdale and Mayor of New York, Caleb Heathcote. He drafted a new charter for the city of New York and became its acting governor twice, from 1753-1755 and 1758-1760. During his tenure as Chief Justice of New York, DeLancey presided over the case of John Peter Zenger� on charges of sedition and libel against Governor William Cosby.
James DeLancey in the SCRC database.
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