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CAMERON, John Hillyard, Canadian statesman, born in Beaucaire, Languedoc, France, 14 April, 1817; died in Toronto, 14 November, 1876. He was a son of Capt. Angus Cameron, of the 79th Highlanders, was educated at Kilkenny College, Ireland, and at Upper Canada College, Toronto; studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Upper Canada in 1838, and to that of Lower Canada in 1869. He was first elected to parliament in 1846, and appointed solicitor-general, the same year. He became a member of the executive council in 1847, and had a seat in parliament from 1846 till 1876, with the exception of four years. While in parlia-ment he introduced and carried the address to the queen, praying for the exemption from the income tax of the property of colonists in Great Britain, which was granted. He was also instrumental in securing increased postal facilities between the United States, Great Britain, and Canada; carried the address to the queen, requesting the removal of the disabilities that prevented synodical action in the church of England in Canada; and he also prepared and carried through two church synod bills. He published a "Digest of Cases determined in the Upper Canada Court" (1840); "Rules of Court relating to Pleading in the Court of Queen's Bench"; and "Reports of Cases determined in the Queen's Bench." He was a bencher of the law society, and treasurer of that body; chancellor of the University of Trinity College (from which he had received the degree of District of Columbia L.), and a member of the senate of Toronto university. He was a commissioner for revising the statutes of Upper' Canada in 1840, and for consolidating the statutes in 1856. He married, in 1843, Elizabeth, third daughter of H. J. Boulton, at one time chief justice of Newfoundland. She died in 1844, and in 1849 he married Ellen Madeleine de Berrier, second daughter of General Mallett, of Fayetteville, North Carolina
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