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Van Ness, William Peter (1778–06 September 1826), politician, pamphleteer, and jurist, was born in Claverack (later Ghent), New York, the son of Peter Van Ness, a revolutionary soldier and county judge, and Elbertie Hogeboom. After attending the Kinderhook Academy, Van Ness graduated from Columbia College in 1797. Following several years of legal studies in ...

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Ward, Nathaniel (1578–1652), jurist, author, and clergyman, was born in Haverhill, Suffolk, England, the son of John Ward, a preacher, and Susan (maiden name unknown). He took his B.A. at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1600 and his M.A. in 1603. Although his father and two brothers were clergymen, Nathaniel chose a career in law and became an utter barrister in London. He also spent many years traveling in the Protestant areas of Europe, consorting with important political and ecclesiastical figures. While in Heidelberg, Ward had many discussions with David Pareus, a professor at the university there, and, according to ...