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Henry Hague Davis

Henry Hague Davis
31st Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
January 31, 1935 – June 30, 1944
Nominated by Richard Bedford Bennett
Preceded by Robert Smith
Succeeded by James Wilfred Estey
9th President of the Canadian Bar Association
In office
Preceded by G.H. Montgomery, K.C.
Succeeded by J.W. de B. Farris, K.C.
8th President of the Ontario Bar Association
In office
Preceded by Dalton Lally McCarthy, K.C.
Succeeded by Ward Wright, K.C.
Personal details
Born (1885-09-10)September 10, 1885
Brockville, Ontario
Died June 30, 1944(1944-06-30) (aged 58)
Alma mater University of Toronto

Henry Hague Davis (September 10, 1885 – June 30, 1944) was a Canadian lawyer and Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Born in Brockville, Ontario, the son of William Henry Davis and Eliza Dowsley, he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1907, a Master of Arts in 1909 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1911 all from the University of Toronto.[1] He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1911 and then proceeded to practice law with the firm of Kilmer, McAndrew & Irving in Toronto. In 1933, he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

In early 1935, he was appointed to the Supreme Court. For reasons unknown, it had taken the federal government over a year to appoint Davis to replace Justice Smith, who had retired in late 1933.[2]

Davis had been actively involved in the Canadian Bar Association while in practice,[1] and maintained that involvement while on the Bench. He was President of the Ontario Bar Association when appointed to the Court,[3] and finished his term in that office. He then served as national President of the Canadian Bar Association while on the Supreme Court.[4]

Justice Davis served until his death in 1944.


  1. ^ a b Supreme Court of Canada Biography: Henry Hague Davis
  2. ^ James G. Snell; Frederick Vaughan (1985). The Supreme Court of Canada: History of the Institution.  , p. 148.
  3. ^ Ontario Bar Association: History
  4. ^ Canadian Bar Association: Past CBA Presidents

External links

  • Supreme Court of Canada biography
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