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LORD, John Chase, clergyman, born in Buffalo, New York, 9 August, 1805; died in Buffalo, New York, 21 January, 1877, was educated at Hamilton college, but was not graduated. Settling in Buffalo, he studied law, and in 1828 was admitted to the bar, but afterward entered Auburn theological seminary, was graduated in 1833, and from 1835 until his resignation in 1873 was pastor of the Central Presbyterian church, which he had organized. In 1851 he published a sermon oil the fugitive-slave law, in which he took the ground that no citizen had a right to resist laws that protected slavery. This sermon was distributed as a campaign document, and was described by President Fillmore in a personal letter to its author as "rendering the nation a valuable service." On the secession of the south Dr. Lord was an earnest Unionist. He was moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church in 1852. His published works include, besides separate sermons and lectures, "Land of Ophir and other Lectures " (Buffalo, New York, 1851), and "Occasional Poems" (1869). See "Memoir of John C. Lord" (Buffalo, 1878).--His brother. Charles Bachus, jurist, born in Thornton, Maine, 13 July, 1810; died in St. Louis, Missouri, 15 November, 1868, was educated at Hamilton college, practised law in Buffalo, New York, and removing to St. Louis, Missouri, attained eminence in his profession. For many years he was judge of the land court, and subsequently of the circuit court of that city.--Another brother, William Wilberforce, clergyman, born in Madison county, New York, 28 October, 1819. He was educated at the University of Western New York (since discontinued), studied theology at Princeton and Auburn theological seminaries, was tutor in mental and moral science at Amherst in 1847, and subsequently took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, officiating as rector in the south and southwest, and for many years at Vicksburg, Mississippi During the civil war he was a chaplain in the Confederate army. He has published "Poems" (New York, 1845), that were praised by Wordsworth and ridiculed by Edgar A. Poe : " Christ in Hades" (1851) ; and "Andre, a Tragedy" (1856).--Another brother, Scott, congressman, born in Nelson, New York, 20 December, 1820; died in Morris Plains, New Jersey, 10 September, 1885. He received an academic education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He removed to Genesco, New York, in 1822, established a large practice, and was county judge from 1847 till 1854, when he resumed his profession. In 1872 he removed to Utica, New York, formed a partnership with Roscoe Conkling and Alfred C. Cox, and became surrogate of Oneida county. He was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1874, but was defeated at the next election. During his term he was chairman of the Belknap impeachment committee. He removed to New York city in 1878, and established the law-firm of Lord and Lord. He was senior counsel for Cornelius Vanderbilt in the contest over the will of Commander Vanderbilt, and was largely engaged in the claims arising under the Geneva award bill.
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