Claver, Pedro a Spanish missionary of the order of the Jesuits, was sent in 1610 to the East Indies, where he devoted himself entirely to the relief of the colored slaves, prisoners, and poor. He died at Carthagena, Sept. 8,1654. Benedict XIV declared, by. a decree of 1747, that Claver possessed the divine, and cardinal virtue as for the degree of a hero. His Life has been written in Spanish, Italian; and finally in French (1751). See Biog. Universelle, s.v.