Jonathan Nicoll Havens
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 1st district
March 4, 1795 - October 25, 1799
|Born||June 18, 1757|
Shelter Island, Province of New York, British America
|Died||October 25, 1799 (aged 42)|
Shelter Island, New York, U.S.
|Parents||Nicoll Floyd Haven|
Sarah Fosdick Havens
|Alma mater||Yale College|
Havens was born on Shelter Island, New York. He was the only son born to Nicoll Floyd Havens (1733-1783) and Sarah (née Fosdick) Havens (1730-1767). After the death of his mother in 1767, his father remarried to Desire Brown. Among his siblings was Esther Sarah Havens (wife of New York Assemblymen Sylvester Dering) and Mary Catherine Havens (wife of Ezra L'Hommedieu). Among his younger half siblings were Catherine Mary Havens (who married New York State Senator Henry Huntington) and New York banker Rensselaer Havens.
His paternal grandparents were Jonathan Havens and Catherine (née Nicoll) Havens (a sister of Speaker of the New York General Assembly William Nicoll Jr. Through his grandmother, he was a direct descendant of English-born politician William Nicoll, who is best remembered for his vehement opposition to the Leisler Rebellion, and his wife, Anna (née Van Rensselaer) Nicoll (widow of the patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer, and daughter of Jeremias van Rensselaer).
He was Shelter Island town clerk from 1783 to 1787, and was on the New York delegation that in 1788 approved the new Federal Constitution following United States' independence in the American Revolutionary War. He served in the state assembly from 1786 until 1795. He was elected to the New York State Convention which ratified the Federal Constitution, in 1788 and Justice of the Peace of Suffolk County, in 1795.