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Hugh Richardson (magistrate)

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Hugh Richardson 21 July 1826 – 15 July 1913 was a stipendiary magistrate for the Saskatchewan district of the North-West Territories Richardson was the man who, at the conclusion of the 1885 trial of Louis Riel, sentenced Riel to hang

He was born in London, England in 1826 and came to York later Toronto with his family in 1831 He studied at Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the bar in 1847 and set up practice in Woodstock He was crown attorney for Oxford County from 1856 to 1862 He helped organize the local militia battalion, later becoming commander, and served at La Prairie, Canada East in 1865 with Colonel Garnet Joseph Wolseley and at Sarnia during the Fenian raids After he was named a stipendiary magistrate in 1876, he moved to Battleford, North-West Territories; in 1883, he moved to Regina after the seat of government for the territories was moved there He was in 1887 appointed senior judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories Richardson served as acting lieutenant governor for the territories in 1897 and in 1898 He retired in 1903 and returned to Ottawa; his daughter Mary, who had married Donald Alexander Macdonald, was living there

He died in Ottawa in 1913 and is interred in the cemetery of the StThomas Anglican "Old English" Church, in St Thomas, Ontario

External links

  • Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
Matthew Ryan
Presiding Officer of the Northwest Territories Assembly
Succeeded by
Herbert Charles Wilson

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