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OSGOODE, William, Canadian jurist, born in England in March, 1754" died in London, England, 17 January, 1824. He was graduated M. A. at Oxford in 1777, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. The province of Upper Canada was established in 1791, and in 1792 Mr. Osgoode was appointed its chief justice. In 1794 he became chief justice of the province of Quebec, but resigned in 1801. Osgoode hall, Toronto, the principal seat of law in Upper Canada, is named for him. In 1801 he returned to England, where he lived in comparative retirement till his death. With Sir William Grant and others he was engaged on various legal commissions, the last being an examination into the fees of office in the courts of law. He published a pamphlet entitled "Remarks on the Laws of Descent" (London, 1779).
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