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SCOTT, John Morin, patriot, born in New York in 1730 ; died there, 14 September, 1784. His grandfather, John, the second son of Sir John Scott, bart., of Ancrum, Scotland, came to this country, was made a citizen of New York in 1702, and commanded Fort Hunter, on Mohawk river. John Morin was an only child. He was graduated at Yale in 1746, stud-led law, and was an early opponent of British aggression, with voice and pen. He was one of the founders of the Sons of Liberty, and his bold advocacy of extreme measures cost him an election to the Continental congress in 1774. He was one of the chief members of the New York general committee in 1775, a delegate to the Provincial congress Of that year, and on 9 dune, 1776, was made a brigadier-general. He was with his brigade in the battle of Long Island, but retired from military service in March, 1777, and became secretary of state of New York, which office he held till 1789. In 1780-'3 he was a member of congress.--His only son, LEWlS ALLAIRE, succeeded him in the secretaryship.--Lewis Allaire's only son, John Morin, lawyer, born in New York city, 25 October, 1789 ; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 April, 1858, lost his father early in life, and was taken by his mother to Philadelphia. He was graduated at, Princeton in 1805, and, after pursuing higher studies there for a year longer under the president, read law with William Rawle, and was admitted to the bar. After losing his moderate fortune in a mercantile venture, he entered into active practice, and became a successful lawyer, He served in the war of 1812 as 1st lieutenant of cavalry, and in 1815 was chosen to the legislature, where he served several terms. He was afterward for many years a member of the Philadelphia city councils, a delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1837, and in 1841-'4 served as mayor of the city. He delivered many orations and addresses, including one before the Washington benevolent society (Philadelphia, 1815).
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