WILLIAM ALEXANDER  WEIR*
1858-1929

From: "Canadian Men & Women of the Time 1912"
Ed. Henry James Morgan, Toronto, William Briggs, Richmond St. W., 1912

Weir, Hon. William Alexander, judge

Scottish ancestry; son of  William Park Weir and Helen Craig Smith, who came to Canada from Scotland in 1852. He was born in Montreal, Oct. 15. 1858 and educated at Montreal High SchoolMcGill Normal School and McGill University (B.C.L., 1881). In October, 1885, he married Adelaide Stewart, daughter of the late William C. Stewart, of Hamilton, Ont. 

Advocate, 1881; K.C., 1899 successfully practised his profession in Montreal ; secretary, Royal Comn. to revise Code of Civil Procedure, 1887; published special editions of Civil Code, Code of Civil Procedure and Municipal Code; leader writer, Montreal Star, 1880-81. He has frequently lectured on literary and public questions; a promoter of the Canadian United Milling Co., 1904, and Safety Explosives Company of Canada 1907; a councillor of the Montreal Children’s Aid Society. He unsuccessfully contested the Argenteuil (Local), Liberal interest in1890 and sat for the same constituency (do.) from 1897-1910.  Minister without portfolio (Parent Administration), 1903-5: do. do. (Gouin Administration). 1905; Speaker, Legislative Assembly. 1905-6 Minister of Public Works and Labour (Gouin Administration) 1906-7; Provincial. Treas., 1907-10. 

Since Jan. 11, 1910 he has been a puisne judge, S. C., P. Q.; and presided at the famous Workman libel trial in Montreal, May, 1911. He was a deligate at the Ottawa Interprovincial Conference in 1906; a believer in “free trade, free schools, compulsary voting and strong Government control over all public franchises” . 

Religion: Protestant
Residence: 4219 Western Ave., Westmount, Montreal. 
Clubs: University Club, Montreal; Garrison Club, Quebec.

Well informed and well liked”—N. Star.
As a politician, had a reputation for fairmindedness and integrity”—T. News.


see also:
his brother Robert Stanley Weir;  his nephew, Douglas Weir;  his niece Marjorie Douglas Weir

*Researching William Alexander Weir......... Joanna MacDonald (great granddaughter)

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