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BLISS, Jonathan, Canadian jurist, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1742; died in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1822. He was graduated at Harvard in 1763, and studied law in the office of Lieut.-Governor Hutchinson. He was a member of the general court of Massachusetts in 1768, was one of the seventeen rescinders, and was proscribed under the act of 1778. He removed to New Brunswick with other loyalists in 1783, and in 1785 was elected to the provincial legislature, and the same year, while in England, was appointed the second attorney general of the province. In 1809 he became chief justice, which office he retained until his death. He was also president of the council. One of his sons, William Blowers, became a judge of the Supreme Court, Halifax, and another, Henry, was a lawyer in London, and for many years agent for New Brunswick in England.
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