Francis Alexander Anglin

Francis Alexander Anglin PC (April 2, 1865 March 2, 1933) was the seventh Chief Justice of Canada from 1924 until 1933.

Francis Alexander Anglin
7th Chief Justice of Canada
In office
September 16, 1924  February 28, 1933
Nominated byW. L. Mackenzie King
Preceded byLouis Henry Davies
Succeeded byLyman Duff
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
February 23, 1909  September 16, 1924
Nominated byWilfrid Laurier
Preceded byJames Maclennan
Succeeded byEdmund Leslie Newcombe
Personal details
Born(1865-04-02)April 2, 1865
Saint John, New Brunswick
DiedMarch 2, 1933(1933-03-02) (aged 67)
RelationsTimothy Anglin, father
Margaret Anglin, sister

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, one of nine children of Timothy Anglin, federal politician and Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, and elder brother to the renowned stage actress, Margaret Anglin. He was educated at St. Mary's College, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa in 1887. Anglin studied law at the Law Society of Upper Canada (which in those days taught law) and was called to the bar in 1888,[1] establishing a practice in Toronto. In 1896 he became Clerk of the Surrogate Court of Ontario, and King's Counsel in 1902.

He was appointed to the Exchequer Division of the High Court of Justice of Ontario in 1904 and, thanks to a nomination from the Laurier government, to the Supreme Court of Canada on February 23, 1909, becoming Chief Justice in 1924 thanks to a nomination by the first Mackenzie King government, and serving until his retirement, two days before his death, in 1933.[2]

He was author of Trustees' Limitations and Other Relief (Toronto 1910) and penned the "Ontario" entry for the Catholic Encyclopedia.[1]


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