Reuben Hyde Walworth, an American jurist, born in Bozrah, Conn., Oct. 26, 1789, died in Saratoga, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1867. He was admitted to the bar in Troy, N. Y., in 1809, and settled in Plattsburgh, where as adjutant general of the state militia he took part in the operations in September, 1814. He removed to Saratoga, and in 1821-8 was a member of congress, in 1823 was appointed a circuit judge, and from 1828 till the abolition of the court of chancery in 1848 he was chancellor of the state. His published decisions as chancellor are contained in 11 volumes of Paige's reports and 3 of Barbour's (1830-'49). Most of his opinions delivered in the court for the correction of errors, of which he was a member ex officio, were published in Wendell's reports (26 vols.), Hill's (7 vols.), and Denio's (5 vols.). He was author of "Rules and Orders of the New York Court of Chancery" (1829), and "The Hyde Genealogy" (2 vols., 1864). - His son Mansfield Tracy, born in Saratoga in 1830, graduated at Union college in 1849, and after practising law in Albany devoted himself to literature, publishing "The Mission of Death " (1853)," Hotspur " (1864)," Stormcliff " (1866), "Warwick" (1869), and other novels.
He was shot and instantly killed by his son in the Sturtevant house, New York, June 3, 1873. - The chancellor's eldest son Claeence graduated at Union college in 1838, became a member of the Roman Catholic order of Paulists, and is now (1876) a priest in Albany, N. Y. He has published " The Gentle Skeptic " (1863), against Colenso on the Pentateuch.