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BLOWERS, Sampson Salters, jurist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 22 March 1742; died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 25 October 1842. He was a grandson of Rev. Thomas Blowers, minister, of Beverly (1701-'29), was graduated at Harvard in 1763, and studied law under Governor Hutchinson. With Adams and Quincy he was engaged as junior counsel, in 1770, in the defense of the British soldiers concerned in the Boston Massachusettsacre. Being a loyalist, he went to England in 1774, but returned in the spring of 1778 to his native City, and after a short imprisonment went to Halifax, where he successfully pursued his profession. In 1785 was appointed attorney general and speaker of the house of assembly ; and in 1795 was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court, haying had for some years a seat in the council. In 1799 he became chief justice of Nova Scotia, with the presidency of the council, which offices he resigned in 1833.
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