John Hamilton Gray

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3. John Hamilton Gray

This plain marble tablet originally had a cross on top which broke off when accidentally hit. The grave was cleaned in 1967 by the Boy Scouts as a Canadian Centennial project and a new brass marker has recently been installed.

Bio
1814-1889
Block: B
Plot: 101 E 31

Lawyer, Politician and Judge

Gray was born 1814 at St. George, Bermuda and studied at King’s College in Windsor, Nova Scotia. He was admitted to the bar in New Brunswick by 1837 where he established a law practice at Saint John. He married Elizabeth Ormond, the daughter of an army associate, while on a trip to Ireland in 1845.

He was elected to the New Brunswick Colonial Legislature. He attended the Confederation Conferences in Quebec City and Charlottetown, thus becoming a “Father of Confederation”. He was given an appointment to British Columbia’s Supreme Court, beginning in 1872. As a Supreme Court Judge, Gray was noted for his defence of the rights of the Chinese, and for his authoritative work on Canada-United States boundary issues.