Laurance, John

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.
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. 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).
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Laurance, John

(1750–1810) U.S. representative/senator; born in Cornwall, England. Coming to America in 1767, he became a lawyer and the son-in-law of Alexander MacDougall. He served as judge advocate general of the Continental army during the American Revolution and presided over the trial of Major John Andre. He was a member of the Continental Congress (1785–87). As a Federalist from New York he served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1789–93) and in the U.S. Senate (1796–1800).
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