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HARRISON, Robert Alexander, Canadian jurist, born in Montreal, 4 Aug., 1833; died in Toronto in 1878. He was educated at Upper Canada and Trinity colleges, and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He was appointed chief clerk of the Crown lands department in the same year, an office that he held for four years, represented West Toronto in parliament from 1867 till 1872, and became chief justice of Ontario in 1875. During his career in the legislature he promoted important legal measures, and as a lawyer was retained as counsel in many cases. He was editor of the "Upper Canada Law Journal," being at one time a contributor of poetry to the "Daily Colonist," of Toronto, and is the author of "Digest of Cases in the Queen's Bench, Upper Canada, from 1823 to 1851" (1853); "Common Law Procedure Act" (1856); "Statutes of Upper Canada" to 1856; "Sketch of the Legal Profession in Upper Canada" (1857); "Manual of Costs in County Courts" (1857); "Rules of Practice and Pleading in the Courts of Upper Canada" (1858); and "Municipal Manual of Upper Canada" (1859).
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