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52   MEN OF' CANADA.

JOHN JAMES MACLAREN, D.C.L., (McGill), LL.D., (Victoria), and Q.C., Toronto, was born near Lachute, Quebec, July 1st, 1842. His parents came from Perth-shire, Scotland. His father died in 1847, v•hen his mother removed to Huntingdon, where her son was educated prior to entering Victoria College, Cobourg, where he took the Prince of Wales gold medal. He received the degree of B.A. in 1862, M.A. in 1866, and LL.B. in 1868. He was secretary of the British and American Joint Commission in 1867-9 under the Treaty of 1863 to settle the Oregon claims. He

was called to the Bar of

Lower Canada in 1868, and in 1878 appointed Q.C. He practiced for some years in Montreal, being senior partner of Maclaren, Leet, Smith & Smith. In 1884 he removed to Toronto. For years he has been a leading counsel at the Bar. Among the famous cases in which he has been engaged are " The Oka Indian Trials," " The winding up of the Mechanics Bank," " The Allan-Witness Libel Case," and those connected with " The Commercial Travellers Association," " The de-fence of the Canada Temperance Act," which he finally won in the Privy Council. In contested election cases he is frequently retained. He had charge of the legislation ratifying the union of the Methodist churches in 1884, and has been legal adviser of the United Church (of which he is an honored member) ever since. He is at present

leading counsel for the Mail in the Jesuit case, and head of the firm of Maclaren, Macdonald, Merritt & Shepley, Toronto, which has nine partners and a staff of over 30. Mr. Maclaren has been a member of all the great Methodist and Ecu nlenical Conferences, and is a trustee, local preacher and Bible-class teacher of the Metropolitan Church, Toronto. He is honorary Law Lecturer in Toronto University, trustee of Upper Canada College, and trustee and director of the Toronto Y.M.C.A. He has written several valuable works connected with his profession.

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