The Hudson Valley Sights



Ulster County Courthouse

Ulster County Courthouse Review

New York's first constitution was drafted on this site in 1777, in an earlier building. Then its first chief justice, John Jay, was sworn in on the front steps of that courthouse. He then swore in its first governor, George Clinton. Shortly thereafter, in the same year, the British burned down Kingston; the current courthouse was built in 1818. Sojourner Truth was freed in 1827, and she immediately—and successfully—sued, in this courthouse, to have her son freed from slavery in Alabama.

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