Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice (1722 - 1810)

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Birthplace: MD, USA
Death: Died in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Managed by: Margaret, (C)
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About Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice

Speaker of the House of Delegates, Delaware (Pennsylvania), about 1750.

Attorney-General of Pennsylvania in 1755.

Recorder of Philadelphia, 1756.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1774.

He studied law at Philadelphia, went abroad in 1741, and entered Middle Temple, Inns of Court, London. He returned to America after his father's death. He was admitted to the bar in 1746 and began practice at Dover, Delaware (formerly under the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania). Moved to Philadelphia in 1754 and built his country seat, "Cliveden," on the Germantown road in 1761.

He was a Commissioner of Boundaries for the three lower counties of Delaware in 1751; Speaker of the House from the same district in 1753-1758; Attorney General of Pennsylvania and member of the Provincial Council 1754-1769;

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Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice's Timeline

1722
November 29, 1722
MD, USA
1747
June 13, 1747
Age 24
1748
1748
Age 25
1748
Age 25
North Carolina
1749
1749
Age 26
1751
1751
Age 28
1755
1755
Age 32
1757
September 12, 1757
Age 34
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1758
September 30, 1758
Age 35
1758
Age 35