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HODGSON, Sir Robert, Canadian jurist, born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 1798; died 16 September, 1880. He was educated at the Collegiate school, Windsor, Nova Scotia, and admitted to the bar of that province in 1819. He was a p-pointed surrogate and judge of probate for Prince Edward Island in 1828, attorney-general and advocate-general the same year, president of the legislative council in 1840, and acting chief justice in 1841. In 1851, on the introduction of responsible government into the colony, he resigned all these offices except those of surrogate and judge of probate. He was again appointed chief justice in 1852, and judge of the court of vice-admiralty in 1853. He administered the government of Prince Edward Island in 1865 and 1868, and from July, 1873, till July, 1874, when he was appointed lieu-tenant-governor of the island, and retained this office till July, 1879. He was knighted in 1869.
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