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James Maclennan

In office
October 5, 1905 – February 13, 1909
Preceded by Wallace Nesbitt
Succeeded by Francis Alexander Anglin

In office
1874 – 1875
Preceded by Joseph Staples
Succeeded by Hector Cameron

Born March 17, 1833(1833-03-17)
Lancaster, Upper Canada
Died June 9, 1915 (aged 82)
Toronto, Ontario[1]
Political party Liberal
Alma mater Queen's University
Profession Lawyer

James Maclennan (March 17, 1833 – June 9, 1915) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and Puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.[2]

Born in the township of Lancaster, Upper Canada (now Ontario),[2] the son of Roderick Maclennan and Mary Macpherson, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University in 1849. He studied to be a lawyer and was called to the bar in 1857. He practised law with Oliver Mowat in Toronto until 1888, when he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.[3]

Maclennan ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Ontario assembly in 1871.[1] In 1874, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Victoria North. However, the election was declared void. He won the by-election in 1874 but again the election was declared void.[2] In 1905, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada and retired in 1909.[3]

Maclennan was married twice: to Elizabeth McGill in 1862 and to Mary L. Strange in 1909.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.  
  2. ^ a b c Parliament of Canada biography
  3. ^ a b Supreme Court of Canada biography


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