Daniel Leonard

(1740—1829) lawyer and politician in America and public official in Bermuda

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(1740–1829), Loyalist writer, contributed to The Massachusetts Gazette and Post-Boy a series of articles, signed Massachusettensis, which in that critical period (Dec. 1774–April 1775) was said by John Adams to shine among the Tory writings “like the moon among the lesser stars.” Adams replied to these letters under the pseudonym Novanglus in The Boston Gazette. During the Revolution, Leonard fled to Halifax and England, and was rewarded with the office of Chief Justice of Bermuda.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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