Haliburton, Thomas Chandler
b. 1796-12-17
d. 1865-08-27
Haliburton attended Windsor Grammar School, and then Anglican King's College in Windsor, Nova Scotia where he was born.1 He started practicing law at his family's law office in 1820, as his father and grandfather had done before him.2 Haliburton became an MLA for Nova Scotia in 1826, and was called to the Bench in 1829.3 In 1854, he was made a Supreme Court judge.4
Haliburton retired from the Supreme Court in 1856, and moved from Nova Scotia to England.5 Here he worked for the Canada Agency Association and became the first chair of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company.6 In 1861, the latter purchased a large amount of unoccupied land in Victoria with the hopes of reselling it to settlers.7 In a letter from Haliburton to Lytton on 16 May 1859, Haliburton requested that the Canada Agency Association be designated the only agent allowed to sell land in the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.8 Murdoch and Rogers recommended against the request in a letter to Merivale on 27 May, 1859.9 In 1862, Haliburton joined the first board of the British North American Association of London, which promoted provincial union and spreading information about the colonies in England.10
On top of his career as a lawyer and businessman in England, Haliburton was also a celebrated author.11 He wrote many books reflecting his views on Nova Scotian life.12 His most popular novels were the Sam Slick series, which were well-known throughout Nova Scotia and England.13
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