Robert Sympson Jameson
|Robert Sympson Jameson|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada for Leeds|
1834 – 1834?
|Preceded by||Matthew Munsel Howard|
|Succeeded by||Ogle Robert Gowan|
|Member of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada - Canada West|
|Died||August 1, 1854
Toronto, Upper Canada
|Resting place||St. James Cemetery, Toronto (vault of friend Joseph Wells)|
|Spouse(s)||Anna Murphy 1825–1837; annulled|
|Alma mater||Middle Temple|
Robert Sympson Jameson (1796 – August 1, 1854) was a lawyer, judge and political figure in Upper Canada.
He was born at Harbridge in the English county of Hampshire in 1796 and educated in Ambleside. He studied law at the Middle Temple and was called to the English bar in 1823. He practiced in London. He married Anna Murphy, a British author, in 1825. In 1829, he was appointed Puisne judge and Chief Justice of Dominica; his wife remained in Europe. In 1833, he returned to London after refusing the same post in Tobago.
He was named Attorney General of Upper Canada in the same year and arrived in York (Toronto) in June. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada for Leeds in 1834, but his election was later invalidated after an appeal; it was found that Ogle Robert Gowan's Orange supporters had intimidated voters. His wife finally joined him in 1836 but left him after less than a year. In 1837, he was named vice-chancellor of the Court of Chancery. He was appointed to the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada in 1841 and became its first speaker. He served on the councils for King's College and Trinity College. In 1842, he was named chief superintendent of education. He also was a member of literary clubs in Toronto and helped found the Toronto Society of Arts in 1847. In 1850, he retired from the Court and, in 1853, from the Legislative Council.
- Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
- "Robert Sympson Jameson". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.