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MACLAREN, John James, Canadian lawyer, born near Lachute, Quebec, 1 July, 1842. He was graduated at Victoria college, Cobourg, receiving the Prince of Wales medal, in 1862, took his degree in law at McGill university in 1868, and in the same year was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada. He afterward practised in Montreal, but in 1884 removed to Toronto. He was appointed secretary to the British and American joint commission under the treaty on Hudson bay claims against the United States in Oregon in 1867, and has been engaged as counsel in some of the most important Canadian legal eases since 1870. He has been since that year a member of the board of governors and an examiner in law in Victoria university, a representative fellow-in-law in the corporation of McGill university, and since 1872 he has been a member of the university board and that of the Montreal Wesleyan college. He became a Queen's counsel in 1878, has been president of the Reform club, and was appointed a member of the royal commission on the Quebec code of procedure in 1887. Mr. Maclaren has been associated with many educational, temperance, and other societies, and is the author of " The Roman Law in English Jurisprudence" (Toronto, 1887).
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