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Biography of Robert Laird Borden


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Borden, Robert Laird. Lawyer, legislator. Born at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, 1854. Educated at Acacia Villa Academy, Horton. Began study of law in 1874; admitted to bar 1878, Q. C. 1891. He had extensive practice in Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and in Supreme Court of Canada, and was engaged in several cases before the judicial committee of the privy council. Was president of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, 1893-1904. Hon. D. C. L., Queen's University, Ontario, 1903; LL. D., St. Francois Xavier University, 1905. Member for the city and county of Halifax, 1896-1900; member for Carlton, 1905; member for city and county of Halifax, 1908-12. Took a leading part in many important debates 1896-1900. In 1901, upon the resignation of Sir Charles Tupper, elected leader of Conservative Party in the House of Commons. He was elected premier of Canada in 1911, and resigned the premiership in 1920.