John W. Willard served in 1853. Born in Guilford, Conn., May 20, 1792. Judge and vice chancellor, Fourth Circuit, 1836-1848. New York State senator, 1862. Author, Equity Jurisprudence, New York (1858); Treatise on Real Estate and Conveyancing (1861); see 1 McAdam, History of the Bench and Bar of New York, New York History Co. (1897), p. 521. He died on Aug. 31 (or Sep. 1), 1862.
This biography appears in The Judges of the New York Court of Appeals: A Biographical History, ed. Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007). It has not been updated since publication.