Robinson, Sir John Beverley


Robinson, Sir John Beverley
(1791-1863)
   Educated at Dr. Strachan's school, Kingston; studied law and became acting attorney-general in 1812, before he had been called to the bar. Played a distinguished part as a volunteer during the War of 1812. One of the leading members of the so-called Family Compact; represented York in the Assembly, 1821, and for several years thereafter; appointed chief-justice of Upper Canada, 1829, and the following year nominated Speaker of the Executive Council; upon the union of the provinces in 1841, retired from political life, but retained his office as chief-justice; in 1850 created a baronet of the United Kingdom.
   Index: Sy Opposes union of the provinces, 211; goes to England in hope of defeating measure, 230. BL His character, 12; pupil of Dr. Baldwin, 24; becomes chief-justice, 31; opposes union of the Canadas, 61; his pamphlet, 62. B His part in movement towards Confederation, 129. E Receives baronetcy, 105. R Member of Board of Education, 58; his connection with university scheme, 153. Bk As acting attorney-general gives opinion on Michigan question, 260; letter of, describing battle of Queenston Heights, 298, 299, 302, 305, 306. Mc Prosecutes Gourlay, 92; reports on union of provinces, 105; denies existence of ministry, 274.
   Bib.: Canada and the Canada Bill. For biog., see Robinson, Life of Sir John Beverley Robinson, Bart.; Morgan, Cel. Can.; Dent, Can. Por.; Read, Lives of the Judges; Edgar, Ten Years of Upper Canada.

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