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WALLACE, John Bradford, lawyer, born in Somerset county, New Jersey, 17 August, 1778; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 January, 1837. He was graduated at Princeton in 1794, adopted the profession of law, and in 1797 was admitted to the bar of Philadelphia, where he practised with eminent success. He wrote ably in defence of the Federal party. His publications include "Remarks on the Law of Bailment" (Philadelphia, 1840)and editions of "Reports of Cases of the Third Circuit Court'" (1801), and "Abbot on Shipping" (1802). See a "Memoir" by his wife (printed privately, 1848). --His son, John William, author, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 February, 1815: died there, 12 January, 1884, was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1833, studied law in Philadelphia and in the. Temple, London, became the standing master in chancery in the supreme court of Pennsylvania in 1844, was reporter of the 3d circuit of the United States circuit court in 1842-'53, and in 1863-'76, was reporter of the supreme court of the United States. In 1860-'84 he was president of the historical society of Pennsylvania. He published "Reporters, chronologically arranged, with Occasional Remarks upon their Respective Merits " (Philadelphia, 1843); "Cases in the Circuit Court of the United States for the 3d District" (2 vols., 1849-'53); "Cases argued and abridged in the United States Supreme Court" (23 vols., 1864'76); and "An Old Philadelphian, Colonel William of Bradford" (1884). He also edited " British Crown Cases Reserved" (6 vols., 1839-'53); an address delivered at the celebration of the New York historical society, 3 May, 1863, of the 200th anniversary of the death of William Bradford (Albany, New York, 1863); and, after the death of Horace Binney Wallace, revised the 4th edition of John William Smith's "Leading Cases" (2 vols., 1857); and " American Leading Cases" (2 vols., 1857).--Another son, Horace Binney, scholar, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 February, 1817; died in Paris, France, 16 December, 1856, was graduated at Princeton in 1835. studied medicine, chemistry, and law, the latter under his father and Charles Chauncey, but never adopted a profession, devoting himself to literary pursuits. He travelled in Europe in 1849-'50 and in 1852, giving assiduous study to philosophical subjects. In a fit of insanity, produced by overwork, he committed suicide. Auguste Comte said of him : "In him heart, intellect, and character united in so rare combination and harmony that, had he lived, he would have aided powerfully in advancing the difficult transition through which the 19th century has to pass." He was the author of a novel entitled "Stanley, or the Recollections of a Man of the World" (Philadelphia, 1838); aided Rufus W. Griswold in the preparation of his "Napoleon and the Marshals of the Empire" (2 vols., 1847) ; and also wrote "Art, Scenery, and Philosophy in Europe, with other Papers" (1855); and "Literary Criticism, and other Papers " (1856). With J. I. Clarke Hare he edited "American Leading Cases in Law" (2 vols., 1847); John William Smith's " Leading Cases" (2 vols., 1852); and White and Tudor's "Leading Cases in Equity" (2 vols., 1852).
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