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EDGAR, James David, Canadian lawyer, born in Hatley, Quebec, 10 August 1841. He was educated by private tuition, and at Lenoxville grammar school studied law, was admitted to the bar of Upper Canada in 1864, and subsequently practiced in Toronto. In 1874 he was sent to British Columbia by the Dominion government to arrange terms for the postponement of the construction of the Canada Pacific railway. He was first returned to the Dominion parliament in 1872, and sat for two years, unsuccessfully contested Centre Toronto in 1882, and was elected by acclamation for West Ontario in August 1884. He has contributed frequently to the daily press and to periodicals, and is the author of some spirited lyrics. He has published "The Insolvent Act of 1864, with Notes and Forms" (Toronto, 1864); "An Act to amend the Insolvent Act of 1864, with Annotations," "Notes of Decisions. etc." (Toronto, 1865); a pamphlet on the "Commercial Independence of Canada "(1883); and " White Stone Canoe," a poem (1885).
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