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TASCHEREAU, Jean Thomas, Canadian jurist, born in Quebec, 12 December, 1814. He studied law, was admitted as an advocate in 1836, appointed professor of commercial law in Laval university in 1855, and was assistant judge of the superior court of Quebec fn 1850, 1855, and 1858. He became queen's counsel in 1860, puisne judge of the superior court of Quebec in 1865, and judge of the court of queen's bench in 1873, and he was puisne judge of the supreme court of Canada in 1875-'8.--His son, Henri Thomas, Canadian jurist, born in Quebec, 6 October, 1841, was graduated in law in 1861, admitted as an advocate in 1863, entered parliament in 1872, and was appointed puisne judge of the supreme court of Lower Canada in 1878. He edited "Les debats" in 1862 and " La tribune" in 1863.-Jean Thomas's cousin, Henri Elzear, Canadian jurist, born in St. Mary's, Beauce, Canada East, 7 October, 1836. He was educated at the Seminary of Quebec, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1867, and practised in the city of Quebec. He represented Beauce in the Canadian assembly from 1861 till 1867, when he was defeated as a candidate for the Dominion parliament. He was appointed clerk of the peace for the district of Quebec in 1868, but soon resigned and became puisne judge of the superior court of the province of Quebec, 12 January, 1871, and of the supreme court of the Dominion in October, 1878, in succession to Jean Thomas Tasehereau. He is a cousin of Cardinal Taschereau. He has published "The Criminal Law for the Dominion of Canada, with Notes, Commentaries, Precedents of Indictments, etc." (2 vols., Montreal and Toronto, 1874-'8 ; 2d ed., enlarged, Toronto, 1888); and "Code de proc4dure civile du Bas Canada," with annotations (Quebec, 1876).
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