John Smythe Hall
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|John Smythe Hall|
John Smythe Hall, c.1900
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Ouest|
|Preceded by||James McShane|
|Succeeded by||None, district abolished|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal division no. 5|
|Preceded by||None, district created|
|Succeeded by||Robert Bickerdike|
August 7, 1853|
Montreal, Canada East
|Died||January 8, 1909
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.