Samuel Henry Strong

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The Right Honourable
Sir Samuel Henry Strong
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3rd Chief Justice of Canada
In office
December 13, 1892 – November 18, 1902
Nominated by John Thompson
Preceded by William Johnstone Ritchie
Succeeded by Henri Elzéar Taschereau
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
September 30, 1875 – December 13, 1892
Nominated by Alexander Mackenzie
Preceded by None (new position)
Succeeded by Robert Sedgewick
Personal details
Born (1825-08-13)August 13, 1825
Poole, Dorset, England
Died August 31, 1909(1909-08-31) (aged 84)
Ottawa, Ontario
Resting place Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Charlotte Cane

Sir Samuel Henry Strong, PC, QC (August 13, 1825 – August 31, 1909) was a lawyer and the third Chief Justice of Canada.


Strong was born in Poole, England to Samuel Spratt Strong and Jane Elizabeth Goose. He emigrated to Upper Canada with his family in 1836 settling in Bytown (later known as Ottawa). He studied law in the office of local Ottawa lawyer Augustus Keefer. He was called to the bar in 1849 and established his practice in Toronto. He was elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1860 and was made a QC in 1863.

Following Confederation he advised Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald on the establishment of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was named to the new court when it was created in 1875. He became Chief Justice in 1892 serving until his retirement in 1902, by which time he was the last of the original justices remaining. He died in 1909 at the age of 84 and was buried in Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery.