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Stuart, Bart., Sir James (1780-1853). Armorial. 9 x 6 cm. Gagnon I, 4974; Harrod & Ayearst, p. 139; Masson Collection Vol. XII, #2069.

Sir James Stuart was born at Fort Hunter, New York. He was called to the bar of Lower Canada in 1801 and a few years later, in 1805, was appointed solicitor-general for the province. From 1808-20 he was one of the members representing Montreal in the Legislative Assembly. He was appointed attorney-general in 1825 but suspended from that position in 1831 by Lord Aylmer. In 1838 he was appointed chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench at Montreal and in 1841 became chief justice of Lower Canada, a position he held till his death. (Wallace).


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