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John Skirving Ewart (August 11, 1849-February 21, 1933) was a Canadian lawyer and author best known as an advocate for the independence of Canada.

Ewart was born in Toronto, Ontario to Thomas Ewart and Catherine Seaton Skirving. His grandfather was Toronto architect John Ewart, and his uncle Sir Oliver Mowat. He married Jessie Campbell in 1873.

He was educated at Upper Canada College and Osgoode Hall Law School, and was called to the bar in 1871 (Q.C., 1884). His legal career spanned work in Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa. He was the author of many essays and articles, and a passionate advocate for the independence of Canada.

He died in Ottawa.

Published works

  • The Kingdom of Canada, Imperial Federation, The Colonial Conference, The Alaska Boundary, and Other Essays (Toronto, 1908)
  • John A. Macdonald and the Canadian Flag (Toronto, 1908)
  • Canadian Independence (Toronto, 1911)
  • The Roots and Causes of the Wars (1914-1918) (2 vols., New York, 1925)
  • Two series of brochures:
    • The Kingdom Papers, nos. 1-19 (Ottawa, 1911-4)
    • The Independence Papers (Ottawa, 2 vols., 1925-30).

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