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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Smith (1839-1885)

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Robert Smith
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Born at Loweswater, Cumberland, England, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and at the University of Toronto (LLB, 1861). He was called to the Bar of Upper Canada in 1861, named a Queen’s Counsel in 1882, and practised law in Stratford, Ontario. In 1883 he was appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Manitoba. He died of tuberculosis at Winnipeg on 19 January 1885.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, 1870-1950: A Biographical History by Dale Brawn, Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2006, 432 pages.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 June 2018

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