John Smythe Hall

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John Smythe Hall
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John Smythe Hall, c.1900
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Ouest
In office
1886–1890
Preceded by James McShane
Succeeded by None, district abolished
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal division no. 5
In office
1890–1897
Preceded by None, district created
Succeeded by Robert Bickerdike
Personal details
Born (1853-08-07)August 7, 1853
Montreal, Canada East
Died January 8, 1909(1909-01-08) (aged 55)
Calgary, Alberta
Political party Conservative

John Smythe Hall (August 7, 1853 – January 8, 1909) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and editor.

Born in Montreal, the son of John Smythe Hall, a lumber merchant, and Emma Brigham, he attended Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, Quebec and received a Bachelor of Law degree from McGill University in 1875. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1876 and then started a law career which would see him become a principal partner of the law firm Hall, Cross, Brown, and Sharp.

He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in the 1886 election for the riding of Montréal-Ouest. A Conservative, he was acclaimed in the 1890 election in the riding of Montréal division no. 5 and was re-elected in the 1892 election. He was defeated in the 1897 election. In 1891, he was appointed provincial treasurer in the cabinet of Charles-Eugène Boucher de Boucherville and served in the cabinet of Louis-Olivier Taillon.

After being ill and spending time to recover in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, Hall moved to Calgary, Alberta where he became editor-in-chief of the Calgary Herald. As well he opened a law firm call Hall and Stewart. He was also a member of the Calgary Municipal Council and a city solicitor. He died in Calgary in 1909 and was buried in Montreal.

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