David Lloyd (judge)

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David Lloyd
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania
In office
1717 – April 6, 1731
Preceded by Roger Mompesson
Succeeded by James Logan
Pennsylvania General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born 1656
Montgomeryshire, Wales.
Died April 6, 1731(1731-04-06)
Chester, Pennsylvania.
Political party Quaker party
Spouse(s) Grace
Residence Chester, Pennsylvania.
Profession lawyer

David Lloyd (1656 – April 6, 1731) was an American lawyer and politician from colonial Chester, Pennsylvania. He was William Penn's personal lawyer, Attorney General of Pennsylvania and a member of the Popular or Quaker party who served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, including six terms as its Speaker. He was also Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Early life and family

Lloyd was born in 1656 in the parish of Marrayon, Montgomeryshire, Wales.


He received a legal education, and in 1686, was sent by William Penn to Pennsylvania and served as Attorney General of the province from 1686 until 1710. He became successively clerk of the county court of Philadelphia, deputy to the master of the rolls, and clerk of the provincial court. In 1689, he was clerk of the assembly. He was a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly for 23 years between 1693 and 1728, representing at various times Chester County, Philadelphia County, and the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For thirteen of those years, he served as Speaker. He also served for five years as a member of the provincial council. In 1703, he accepted the office of deputy judge and advocate to the admiralty. In 1717, he was appointed Chief Justice of the province and served until his death.

Death and legacy

Lloyd died April 6, 1731 in Chester, Pennsylvania and is buried St. Paul's Burying ground in Chester.

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