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ELMSLEY, John, Canadian jurist, born in England in 1762; died in Montreal, 29 April 1805. He was a nephew of the noted London bookseller of the same name. After serving for a time as puisne judge in Upper Canada, he became speaker of the legislative council of Bower Canada, and was a member of the executive council. In October 1802, he was appointed chief justice.
His son, John Elmsley, Canadian legislator, born in Elmsley House, Toronto, in 1801; died in Toronto, 8 August 1863, entered the British navy, attained the rank of captain, and after his retirement from the service took a leading part in the public affairs of Upper Canada. He was called by royal mandamus to the legislative council, and sat as a member of that body until the union of the two provinces in 1840. On his marriage with Miss Sherwood, a Catholic lady of Toronto, he went over to the Church of Rome, and henceforth he was a munificent patron of Catholicism. He established the House of Providence at Toronto, and in a great measure was instrumental in founding the College of St. Michael in the same City. He also established the first Roman Catholic school in Upper Canada.
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