Lyman Duff

Sir Lyman Duff

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Lyman Poore Duff in 1910
8th Chief Justice of Canada
In office
March 17, 1933 – January 6, 1944
Nominated byRichard B. Bennett
Preceded byFrancis Anglin
Succeeded byThibaudeau Rinfret
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
September 27, 1906 – March 17, 1933
Nominated byWilfrid Laurier
Preceded byRobert Sedgewick
Succeeded byFrank Hughes
Personal details
Lyman Poore Duff

(1865-01-07)January 7, 1865
Meaford, Ontario
DiedApril 26, 1955(1955-04-26) (aged 90)
Ottawa, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School

Sir Lyman Poore Duff, GCMG, PC (7 January 1865 – 26 April 1955) was the eighth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was the longest serving justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.[1]

Early life and career

Born in Meaford, Canada West (now Ontario) to a Congregationalist minister, Duff received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and metaphysics from the University of Toronto in 1887. After graduation, he taught at Barrie Collegiate Institute while studying for the bar.[2] Duff later took courses at Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1893.[2]

Duff practiced as a lawyer in Fergus, Ontario after being called to the bar.[2] In 1895, Duff moved to Victoria, British Columbia and continued his career there. In 1895, he was made a Queen's Counsel.[2] In 1903, he took part, as junior counsel for Canada, in the Alaska Boundary arbitration. In 1923 Mount Duff (Yakutat), also known as Boundary Peak 174 was named after him.[3]

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