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422   1\4EN OF CANADA.

FRANCIS RAMSAY BALL,, Q.C.,
County Crown Attorney and
Clerk of the Peace, Woodstock,
Ont., was born oil November 5th, 1S27,
in the township of Niagara, Ont. His
ancestors came to this continent from
Germany in the year 1S26. At the
Revolutionary War in 1776, his grand-
father and great grandfather joined the
British service and held commissions
in Butler's Rangers, serving until the
close of the war, and then settled at
\iagara. The subject of our sketch
still holds the farm at Niagara which
was granted to his grandfather for
liis services during the revolution.

Mr. Ball received his edu-

cation at the Grammar

School in the town of

Niagara under Dr. White-

law. He commenced the

study of law with the late

Chas. L. Hall, of Niagara,

and completed his studies

with the late Judge Burns,

of Toronto. He was ad-

mitted to the Bar ill the

year iSSo, and iininediately

began his profession at

Woodstock, where he has

continued to practice since.

In the year 1S63 AIr. Ball

was appointed Clerk of the

Peace and County Crown

Attorney, which positions

he still holds. In addition

to these offices, lie is also

County Solicitor. In i S 56

lie contested the South Rid-

ing of Oxford ill the in-

terests of the Reform party,

and failed to get elected by

one vote. He was appoint-

ed Q.C. by the Ontario Gov-

ernment in March, 1 S7 6.

He has been such a busy

man in leis own profession

that lie leas had to refuse many important positions that have been offered hini. During his long and valuable life lie has adorned his profession by bringing to it his best thought and effort, supplemented by energy and perseverance. Itlr. Ball has been twice married—first, to Miss Millicent C. Thompson, daughter of Andrew Thompson, late of Port Dover, Ont., and again to Miss Agnes, daughter of the late Captain Baxter, of the Royal Canadian Rifles. His family consists of seven children—three sons and four daughters. His son Robert is a barrister and a partner with his father.

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