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Sir William Lee.

Sir William Lee (1688 - 1754-04-08) was a British jurist and politician.

He was an MP from 1727 until 1730 when he became a Justice of the King's Bench. Lee was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 1737-06-08 until his sudden death in 1754. He was appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer as a temporary expedient on 1754-03-08, with his brother Sir George Lee as Under Treasurer of the Exchequer, until April 6. Lord Campbell noted that Lee 'certainly stood up for the rights of woman more strenuously than any English judge before or since his time'.


  • J. C. D. Clark, The Dynamics of Change: The Crisis of the 1750s and English Party Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  • Lord Campbell, The Lives of the Chief Justices of England: Volume III (Cockcroft and Co, 1878).
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Hardwicke
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench
Succeeded by
Sir Dudley Ryder
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Pelham
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Henry Bilson Legge


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