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John Laurance
Date: 1750 - 1810
Remarks: John Laurance came to the American colonies in 1767 and five years later was admitted to the bar. In 1775 he was commissioned in the First New York Regiment and two years later was appointed judge advocate general on the staff of George Washington (q.v.); he presided at the trial of Major John André. After the war he served successively as New York State senator, New York's representative to the first U.S. Congress, and from 1796 to 1800 as United States senator from New York.