David Seabury (politician)

David Seabury was a tradesman, judge and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Annapolis County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1785 and 1786.[1]


He was born in what is now the United States, the son of the Reverend Samuel Seabury and Elizabeth Powell. His half-brother Samuel was the first bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. In 1770, he married Anne Lyne. A United Empire Loyalist, he served as captain in a loyalist regiment during the American Revolution and came to Nova Scotia in 1783, settling in Granville. Seabury was a lieutenant-colonel in the militia.

He defeated Alexander Howe in 1785.[2] After the election was appealed, he won the subsequent by-election.[2] However, in the end, Howe was awarded the seat by a vote in the assembly.[2] In 1790, he was named a judge in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Annapolis County. He also served as acting agent for Indian Affairs. In 1806, after suffering financial losses, Seabury returned to New York City.


  1. ^ A Directory of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1958, Public Archives of Nova Scotia (1958)
  2. ^ a b c Neil MacKinnon, This Unfriendly Soil: The Loyalist Experience in Nova Scotia, 1783-1791. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989. ISBN 9780773562189. p. 120.