William Livingston was the first elected governor of New Jersey, and remained in office until his death in 1790. In 1787, while still governor, he attended the Constitutional Convention. He was one of four signers of the Constitution for New Jersey.
Governor Livingston’s main residence was Liberty Hall in a part of Elizabeth which is now the township of Union. During the Revolutionary War, he leased this house (built circa 1752), and he lived in it at times when British troop locations made Liberty Hall unsafe.
The house is known as the Livingston-Benedict House. The Benedict part of the name comes from Farrand N. Benedict, who purchased the house in 1857. Descendants of Benedict have lived in this house since then.