Albert Hudson

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The Hon.
Albert Blellock Hudson
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33rd Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
March 24, 1936 – January 6, 1947
Nominated by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded by John Henderson Lamont
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Winnipeg South "A"
In office
1914–1920
Preceded by Lendrum McMeans
Succeeded by None (constituency abolished)
Attorney General of Manitoba
In office
May 15, 1915 – November 10, 1917
Premier Tobias Norris
Preceded by James H. Howden
Succeeded by Thomas Herman Johnson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Winnipeg South
In office
1921–1925
Preceded by George William Allan
Succeeded by Robert Rogers
Personal details
Born (1875-08-21)August 21, 1875
Pembroke, Ontario
Died January 6, 1947(1947-01-06) (aged 71)
Ottawa, Ontario
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Profession Lawyer
Religion Presbyterian

Albert Blellock Hudson (August 21, 1875—January 6, 1947[1]) was a politician and judge from Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1914 to 1920 as a member of the Manitoba Liberal Party, and was a cabinet minister in the government of Tobias C. Norris. He later served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1921 to 1925, as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. In 1936, Hudson was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Hudson was born in Pembroke, Ontario, the son of Albert Hudson and Elizabeth Blellock, and was educated in Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg. He received a law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1898 and was called to the Manitoba bar the next year. He founded the firm of Hudson, Ormond & Marlatt, with which he practised law for thirty-one years.[1] In 1914, he was named King's Counsel. Hudson married Mary R. Russell in 1908. In religion, Hudson was a Presbyterian.[2]

He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1914,[1] defeating incumbent Conservative Lendrum McMeans[3] by 998 votes in the Winnipeg South "A" constituency. The Conservatives won this election, and Hudson sat with his party on the opposition benches.

The Conservative administration of Rodmond P. Roblin was forced to resign from office in 1915 amid a corruption scandal, and the Liberals were called on to form a new government. Norris was sworn in as Premier of Manitoba on May 15, 1915,[4] and named Hudson as his Attorney-General and Minister of Telephones and Telegraphs. A new election was called, which the Liberals won in a landslide. Hudson was easily returned in Winnipeg South "A",[1] and held both of his cabinet portfolios until resigning from office November 10, 1917.[3] According to a Winnipeg Free Press report, Hudson had wanted to resign for several months to better oversee his personal business. He served as a backbencher for the remainder of legislative sitting, and did not seek re-election in the 1920 campaign.

Hudson then moved to national politics, seeking election to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1921 federal election. He defeated Conservative George Nelson Jackson by 2,866 votes to win the Winnipeg South riding, and served as a backbench supporter of William Lyon Mackenzie King's government for the next four years.[5] He did not seek re-election in the 1925 campaign.[1]

On March 24, 1936, Hudson was appointed a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. He held this position until his death in 1947.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Supreme Court of Canada biography
  2. ^ McCrea, Walter Jackson (1925). Pioneers and prominent people in Manitoba. p. 195. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  3. ^ a b "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. 
  4. ^ "Legislature Scandal". TimeLinks. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Winnipeg South, Manitoba (1914 - 1976)". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 

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Preceded by
John Henderson Lamont
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
March 24, 1936 – January 6, 1947
Succeeded by
Charles Locke