Laurance, John(lôr`əns), 1750–1810, American Revolutionary officer, b. near Falmouth, Cornwall, England; son-in-law of Alexander MacDougall. A lawyer, he was (1777–82) judge advocate general of the Continental Army and presided at the trial of Major John AndréAndré, John
, 1751–80, British spy in the American Revolution. He was captured (1775) by Gen. Richard Montgomery in the Quebec campaign but was exchanged and became adjutant general under Sir Henry Clinton.
..... Click the link for more information. . He served in the Continental Congress (1785–87), in the House of Representatives from New York (1789–93), and was U.S. Senator from New York (1796–1800).