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BOTSFORD, William, jurist, born in New Haven, Connecticut, in April 1763; died in Sackville, New Brunswick, 8 May 1864. He was a son of Amos Botsford, a loyalist, who was born in Newtown. Connecticut, 31 January 1744, was graduated at Yale in 1763, became a lawyer, and after his removal to Nova Scotia was elected to the assembly, for two years speaker of that body, and died in St. Johns, 14 March 1812. The son was admitted to the bar in 1795, a judge of admiralty in New Brunswick in 1802-'7, elected to the assembly in 1812, and for every succeeding term until 1823, holding the office of speaker from 1817 to 1823, and in the latter year became judge of the Supreme Court, and retained that position till 1846.*His son, Amos Edwin, Canadian jurist, b° in St. John, N. B., in 1804, was educated at Sackville, studied law, and admitted to the bar. He has been prominently connected with military affairs, is a Lieutenant-Colonel, and has been president or vice-president of the dominion rifle association since its organization. He was a member of the executive council, New Brunswick, from 1838 till 1840, and of the legislative council from 1833 till 1867, a senior judge of the court of common pleas for several years, and a commissioner with L.B. Chandler to settle boundary-line between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1836. He went to Washington as a commissioner respecting the border difficulty in 1839, and again in 1852 with respect to reciprocity with the United States, a treaty for which was concluded in 1854. He is a conservative in politics, and was called to the senate in 1867.
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