Francis Wharton, an American author, born in Philadelphia in 1820. He graduated at Yale college in 1839, studied law, and settled in his native city. He was professor of English literature, jurisprudence, and history in Kenyon college at Gambier, O., from 1856 to 1863, when he was ordained a clergyman of the Episcopal church, and became rector of St. Paul's church in Brookline, Mass. In 1866 he became professor of homiletics and pastoral care in the Episcopal theological school, Cambridge, Mass., which office he still retains (1876). He has published a " Treatise on the Criminal Law of the United States" (Philadelphia, 1846; 6th ed., 3 vols., 1868); "State Trials of the United States during the Administrations of Washington and Adams" (1849); "Precedents of Indictments and Pleas adapted to the Use both of the Courts of the United States and those of the several States" (1849); "A Treatise on the Law of Homicide in the United States" (1855); " A Treatise on Theism and Skepticism" (1859); with N. Stillé, M. D., "A Treatise on Medical Jurisprudence" (1855; revised ed., 1860); "The Silence of Scripture, a Series of Lectures" (1867); "Treatise on the Conflict of Laws" (1872); and "The Law of Agency and Agents" (1876). He was for a time associate editor of the " Episcopal Recorder," Philadelphia.