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Daniel Leonard

Loyalist , jurist

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