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Jonathan Belcher

Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
1760 – 1763
Preceded by Charles Lawrence
Succeeded by Montague Wilmot

Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court
In office
1754 – 1776
Succeeded by Charles Morris

Born July 23, 1710(1710-07-23)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died March 30, 1776 (aged 65)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Relations Jonathan Belcher, father

Jonathan Belcher (July 23, 1710 – March 30, 1776) was a Canadian lawyer, chief justice, and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, second son of Jonathan Belcher and Mary Partridge, he received an Bachelor of Arts degree in 1728 and an Master of Arts degree in 1731 from Harvard College. In 1730, he studied law in Middle Temple, London and was called to the English Bar in 1734. Admitted as a fellow-commoner to Trinity College, Cambridge, he received another Master's degree in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1733.[1] He received a third Master's degree from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

In 1754, he was sent to Nova Scotia to become the first Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. He resigned in 1776. From 1761 to 1763, he was the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.


  1. ^ Belcher, Jonathan in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.


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