June 12, 1724|
Sussex County, New Jersey
|Died||March 9, 1803
|Occupation||Judge, Member of 1st Parliament of Upper Canada|
Nathaniel Pettit (June 12, 1724 – March 9, 1803) was a political figure in Upper Canada.
Pettit was born in Sussex County, New Jersey in 1724. In 1766, he was appointed judge in the county's Court of Common Pleas and he was elected to the legislature in 1768. He opposed taxation without representation and joined a committee supporting a boycott of goods imported from Britain. In 1776, after he was fined by the Continental Congress for not paying taxes to them, he joined the Loyalist cause and was imprisoned from April 1777 to May 1778. After being fined and selling his property at a loss, he was released. In 1787, he moved to the Niagara region, now southwestern Ontario, where he received a grant of land.
He died in 1803 at Ancaster, Ontario.