Thomas Lloyd (lieutenant governor)

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Thomas Lloyd (6 April 1640 – 10 September 1694) was a lieutenant-governor of provincial Pennsylvania and a Quaker preacher.

He was born in Meifod, Montgomeryshire, Wales, and subsequently educated at Ruthin School. He studied law and medicine at Jesus College, Oxford, from which he was graduated in 1661. He became a Quaker, and in 1664 was arrested and imprisoned in Welshpool until the Royal Declaration of Indulgence in 1672.[1]

He became a physician and enjoyed a large practice; but in 1683 he and his family removed to Pennsylvania due to continued religious persecution with William Penn, who made him master of the rolls. He was chosen to represent Philadelphia County in the provincial council in January 1684, and as its president administered the government, after Penn sailed for England in August, till 9 December 1687, when he was one of an executive commission of five that held power for ten months.

He was again elected to the council to represent Bucks County in 1689, and took his seat in spite of the opposition of the governor, John Blackwell, with whom he and others of the Quaker party had a controversy. Blackwell was removed from office by Penn, and Lloyd was again chosen president of the council and afterward commissioned lieutenant-governor by Penn, holding office from 1690 to 1693. During his administration the schism headed by George Keith took place.

Two of his Quaker pamphlets were later published: "An epistle to my Dear and well beloved Friends of Dolobran" in 1788 and "A Letter to John Eccles and Wife" in 1805.[1]

He died in Pennsylvania, 10 September 1694.[2]

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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1891). "article name needed". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.