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Finding Aid - James Chalmers McRuer fonds (PF73)

James Chalmers McRuer fonds

6 photographs : b&w ; 30 x 33 cm or smaller

Biographical Sketch
James Chalmers McRuer was born on August 23rd, 1890, in Oxford County, Ontario, to John McRuer and Mary Chalmers. After studying at the University of Toronto, McRuer was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law Society in 1908 and was called to the Bar in 1914. He practiced with Skeans, McRuer, Buck (1914-1918) and as an assistant Crown Attorney for the City of Toronto (1921-1925). During the First World War, McRuer served with the Canadian Field Artillery and Anti-Aircraft Battery. McRuer was made a King's Counsel in 1929. In 1936, McRuer was elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a position he held until his appointment as a justice with the Court of Appeal in 1944. McRuer served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario, High Court of Justice from 1945 to 1964. McRuer was also a member of the Bar in British Columbia and Alberta. He participated in several royal commissions, including those on civil rights and freedom of information and individual privacy. He served on the Ontario Law Reform Commission from 1964 to 1966. McRuer lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School, served as President of the Canadian Bar Association, President of the Canadian Save the Children's Fund, and as Honorary Consul for the Netherlands. McRuer died in Toronto on October 6th, 1985.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs relating to the life and career of James Chalmers McRuer. The photographs depict the ceremony opening the courthouse in Belleville, Ontario, a committee meeting, and Osgoode Hall Law School reunions.
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Reference code / Title / Date
997048-01P Osgoode Hall class of 1913 reunion, May 5th 1933, King Edward Hotel, Toronto. -- 5 May 1933
997048-02P Osgoode Hall - class of 1913, reunion - May 1st, 1948. -- 1 May 1948
997048-03P Osgoode Hall - class of 1913, reunion - May 16, 1953. -- 16 May 1953
997048-04P Osgoode Hall - class of 1913, reunion - May 24, 1958. -- 24 May 1958
997048-05P Opening of Belleville Courthouse. -- [195-?]
997048-06P Photograph of members of the Law Reform Commission. – 1965
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