Laurance, John lôr´əns [key], 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 André . 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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