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MEN OF CANADA.   321

JAS. KIRKPATRICK KERR,
O.C., Toronto, was born near
Guelph, in the township of
Puslinch, on the ist of August, IS41.
He is the son of Robert Warren Kerr,
from 'bully Hill, County of Sligo,
Ireland, who came to this country in
I832. The subject of our sketch was
educated at Hamilton and Galt under
the well-known Dr. Tassie. He selected
law as his profession, and was called to
the Bar in August, IS62. He coin-
meliced the practice of his profession in
Toronto as a member of the firm of Blake,
Kerr &C Wells. The Hon. Ed. Blake
and the Holi. S. H. Blake then being

two of his partners. This

connection lasted until iSS5,

when he became the head

of the firm of Kerr, Alac-

donald, Davidson & Pater-

son. He was created O.C.

in IS76 by the Lieutenant-

Governor, and in I S 7 i by

the Governor-General, was

elected a Beecher of the

Law Society in IS79, ISSI,

iSS6 and I89i. Among the

mangy- important civil and

criminal cases in which he

has been retained may be

noted that of the Queen v.

Hodge, which he~ argued

before the Privy Council in

England. Alr. Kerr is a

Liberal in politics. Although

avoiding public life he has

been tendered the nomina-

tion of his party on more

than one occasion, and in

iS9i contested Centre To-

ronto in the Liberal interest.

He has been a most active

and enthusiastic Free Mason

for nearly thirty ye, s. In

I865 he was electec~-'. Al.

of Ionic Lodge, Toronto,

and was subsequently three times elected D.D.G.1l. of the Toronto district. In I S74 he was Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada, and succeeded to the Grand Mastership on the death of William Mercer Wilson. Mr. Kerr has occupied many other important positions in connection «with Freemasonry in this country-, and was regarded as a firin but wise ruler of the craft. He is a member of the Church of England. He was married twice—in IS64 to the youngest daughter of Hon. William Hume Blake, and in ISS3 to the daughter of the late Rev. George Stanley-Pinhorne, of Cumber-land, England.

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