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ARCHIBALD, Sir Adams George, Canadian jurist, born in Truro, Nova Scotia, 3 May 1814. He is the son of Samuel Archibald, and grandson of the late James Archibald, judge of the court of common pleas, N.S. He was educated at Pictou academy, and was called to the bar of Prince Edward Island in 1838, and to that of Nova Scotia in 1839. He was a member of the executive council of Nova Scotia, first, as solicitor-general, from 14 August 1856, until 14 February 1857; secondly, as attorney general, from 10 February 1860, until 11 June 1863. He was a delegate to England in 1857 to arrange terms of settlement with the British government and the general mining association in respect to Nova Scotian mines, and also to ascertain the views of the government relative to the projected union of the British-American provinces. He was a delegate to Quebec, on the subject of the Intercolonial railway, in 1861; to the Charlottetown union conference. 1864; and to the final conference, 1866-'67, in London to complete the terms of union. He was sworn of the privy council 1 July 1867, and was secretary of state for the provinces from 1 July 1867, until his resignation in 1868; was lieutenant governor of Manitoba and the northwest territories from 20 May 1870, until May 1873, when he resigned and was a judge in equity of Nova Scotia from 24 June 1873, until 4 July of the same year, when he was appointed lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia. tie was one of the directors of the Canadian Pacific railway, under Sir Hugh Allan, in 1873, and in 1885 was knighted. He represented Colchester in the Nova Scotia assembly from 1851 to 1859, and when that county was divided was elected for South Colchester, of which he was the representative until the union of the provinces in 1867; and sat for Colchester in the House of Commons until appointed lieutenant governor of Manitoba.
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