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RICHARDS, Sir William Buell, Canadian jurist, born in Brockville, Ont., 2 May, 1815. He was admitted as a barrister in 1837, entered parliament in 1848, and became a member of the executive council in 1851. He was appointed queen's counsel in 1850, puisne judge of the court of common pleas of Ontario in 1853, and chief justice of that court in 1863. Judge Richards became chief of that court of Ontario in 1868, arbitrator for that province in the matter of the northwestern boundarv in 1874, and chief justice of the supreme court of Canada in 1875. He was deputy to the governor-general of Canada in 1876 and in 1878, was knighted in 1877, and received the confederation medal in 1885.--His brother, Albert Norton, Canadian lawyer, born in Brockville, Ont., 8 December, 1822, after receiving his education at the district-school of Johns-town, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Upper Canada in 1848. He was created queen's counsel in 1863, entered parliament, and was a member of the executive council of Canada, and solicitor-general for Upper Canada. In 1863-'4 he sat in the Canada assembly as a representative from South Leeds. He accompanied William McDougall to the northwest as attorney-general in the provisional government in 1869, and for several years was land agent of the Dominion government m British Columbia. He was lieutenant-governor of that province from 1875 till 1881.
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