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Daniel Leonard

Daniel Leonard, American Loyalist, jurist. member Massachusetts General Court, 1770-1774, a leading spokesman for royal cause.

Background

  • Leonard, Daniel was born on May 18, 1740 in Norton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Ephraim and Judith (Perkins) Leonard.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Harvard, 1760.

    Career

    • 3 daus., 1 son, Charles. Admitted to Massachusetts bar, circa 1767. King’s attorney for Bristol County, Massachusetts, 1769-1770.

      Member Massachusetts General Court, 1770-1774, a leading spokesman for royal cause. Mandamus councilor of Massachusetts, 1774. Entered British lines, 1775, served as a customs commissioner.

      Published 17 articles defending royal policy (signed Massachusettensis) in Massachusetts Gazette, 1774-1775 (John Adams directed Novanglus Papers to these articles). Left Boston with British forces, 1777, went to England. Admitted to English bar.

      Chief justice of Bermuda, 1782-1806.

    Membership

    Member Massachusetts General Court, 1770-1774, a leading spokesman for royal cause.

    Connections

    • Married Anna White, 1767. Married second, Sarah Hammock, 1770.
    • father: Ephraim Leonard
    • mother: Judith (Perkins) Leonard
    • spouses: Anna White
    • Sarah Hammock
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    Died June 27, 1829
    (aged 89)
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