William Lee (English judge)

Sir William Lee

Sir William Lee PC (2 August 1688 – 8 April 1754) was a British jurist and politician.

Life[edit]

He was the second son of Sir Thomas Lee, 2nd Baronet. He matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford in 1704, shortly after entering the Middle Temple; he did not take a degree, but was called to the bar in 1710. Member of Parliament for Wycombe from 1727 until 1730, he gave up the seat when he became a Justice of the King’s Bench.[1]

Lee was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 8 June 1737 until his sudden death in 1754. He was appointed formally as Chancellor of the Exchequer as a temporary expedient on 8 March 1754, when Henry Pelham died, with his brother Sir George Lee as Under Treasurer of the Exchequer, until 6 April, his own death.[1]

Lord Campbell noted that Lee “certainly stood up for the rights of woman more strenuously than any English judge before or since his time”.

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References[edit]

  • 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).
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by

Member of Parliament for Wycombe
1727 – 1730
With: Harry Waller
Succeeded by

Legal offices
Preceded by

Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench
1737–1754
Succeeded by

Political offices
Preceded by

Chancellor of the Exchequer
1754
Succeeded by