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BETTS, William, lawyer, born in Bechsgroe, St. Croix, West Indies, 28 January 1802 ; died in Jamaica, Long Island, New York, 5 July 1884. His early education was received in Jamaica; thence he went to Union College, New York, where he stayed a year, and then, entering Columbia, was graduated in 1820. He studied law with David born Ogden, and subsequently entered the office of his father-in-law, Beverley Robinson. Mr. Betts was counsel to several old and large corporations in New York, was a trustee of Columbia and of the College of physicians and surgeons, and from 1848 till 1854 was professor of law in Columbia. He received the degree of LL.D. from Columbia in 1850.*His son, Beverley Robinson, born in New York City, 3 August 1827, was graduated at Columbia in 1846, and at the general theological seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1850. The same year he was ordained deacon, and in 1851 took orders as a priest. He was successively rector of several Churches until 1865, when he was appointed librarian of Columbia. Of the large library of that College he prepared a full catalogue (1874), and in 1883 he resigned his post as librarian. He has been a frequent contributor to the Church journals, and for many years one of the editors of the " New York Genealogical and Biographical Record."
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