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SAUNDERS, John, jurist, born in Virginia in 1754; died in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1834. His grandfather emigrated to Virginia from England, and acquired large landed estates. John received a liberal education, and studied law, but in 1776 raised a troop of horse at his own expense, and joined the royal forces. He was subsequently captain of cavalry in the Queen's rangers, was often in engagements, and was twice wounded. At the peace he went to England, became a member of the Middle Temple, a, nd practised law. In 1790 he became a judge of the supreme court of New Brunswick, and he was appointed soon afterward a member of the couDcil of that colony. In 1822 he became chief justice. Judge Saunders possessed two estates in Virginia, both of which were confiscated. --His only son, JoHN SIMCOE, held the offices of ad-vocate-general, justice of the court of judicature, and member of the council, and at his death was secretary of the province.
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