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According to this census, New York held the largest number of slaves (21,193) of any state north of Maryland.

These projects, while they served to improve the lives of enslaved and free Africans, were representative of a paternalistic approach towards the end of slavery in New York.On April 30, 1789, George Washington took office as the nation's first president.The man who would one day be eulogized as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen" faced monumental problems as the executive of a fledgling nation.Indeed, only 182 families had holdings of over 10 slaves.The average monetary value of a holding was 5 (adjusting for inflation that equates to about ,500 in present value).[3] At the January 25 Manumission Society meeting, the members established a committee of five men: Columbian Robert Troup, Samuel Franklin, Lawrence Embree, Melancton Smith, and John Murray in order to draft rules for the newly founded society.John Jay is the graduate of Columbia who receives the most credit for the end of slavery in New York.

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