Daniel LeRoy

Daniel LeRoy (May 17, 1775 – February 11, 1858; Fenton, Michigan) was the last Attorney General for the Michigan Territory and the first Michigan Attorney General.[1][2][3]

Daniel LeRoy
1st Attorney General of the State of Michigan
In office
GovernorStevens T. Mason
Preceded byPosition established (statehood)
Succeeded byPeter Morey

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1801 the attorney Daniel LeRoy moved to Chenango Point. After the first bridge to cross the Chenango River was built, he became the first to organise roads and a school on the river's West Side. He worked to build a small settlement west of the Chenango, which he purchased from William Bingham's estate. LeRoy held the deed but for ten years made no payments on its interest or principal, so left New York insolvent with his wife and seven children.[4]

He came to the frontier of Michigan, and by January 20, 1818 was appointed Associate Justice for Macomb County, Michigan.[4] LeRoy was first appointed by John Quincy Adams as Michigan's territorial attorney in 1826 and served until 1834.[1] He was the first Michigan Attorney General from 1836 to 1837.

From 1850 to 1862 what is now Webberville, Michigan was known as LeRoy in his honor.[5]

In 1850, LeRoy moved to Fenton, Michigan and opened its first hotel.[2] He died there on February 11, 1858.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Parker, Ross (2009). "Chapter 3: Daniel Leroy". The History of the United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Michigan, 1815-2008. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4389-3735-9. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Judge Daniel LeRoy". Fenton Historical Society. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ Hagman, Arthur A., ed. Oakland County Book of History. 1970.
  4. ^ a b Hinman, Marjory Barnum (1996). "p. 81-83". Bingham's Land, Whitney's Town. Broome County Historical Society.
  5. ^ information article on Webberville
Legal offices
Preceded by
new office
Michigan Attorney General
Succeeded by
Peter Morey