Smith, William

   Born in New York City. Graduated at Yale, 1745; called to the New York bar, and practised in that city. In 1763 appointed chief-justice of the colony; and sat in the Council, 1767-1782. In 1786 appointed chief-justice of Canada, holding the office until his death.
   Index: Hd His influence over Lord Dorchester, 314; his ultra-English sentiments, 315. Dr Chief-justice of Canada, 224; his position on the civil law question, 225; favours union of all British North American provinces, 261; made Speaker of new Legislative Council, 269. S His plan for a union of all British possessions in North America, 5.
   Bib.: Morgan, Cel. Can.; Cyc. Am. Biog.

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