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CAMERON, Matthew Crooks, Canadian statesman, born in Dundas, Ontario, 2 October, 1822. He was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, admitted to the bar in 1849, and rapidly distinguished himself in his profession. In 1861 he was elected to the assembly by the conservatives of North Ontario. He was defeated at the general election in 1863, but returned in the following year. After the confederation in 1867 he contested a seat in the House of Commons, but was not successful. He then entered the Sandfield Macdonald cabinet (Ontario) as provincial secretary and registrar, sitting for East Toronto. In July, 1871, he exchanged his portfolio for that of commissioner of crown lands, and after the fall of the government, in December of the same year, led the Ontario opposition for four years. He was appointed puisne judge of the court of queen's bench in 1878, and chief justice of the court of common pleas in 1884.
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