Fonds MSG 367 - Badgley Family Fonds

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Badgley Family Fonds

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  • 1801-1929 (Creation)
    Badgley Family, 1801-1929

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40 cm of textual records

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William Badgley (1801-1888), a lawyer, was a founder in 1834 and later the secretary of the Constitutional Association of Montreal. A conservative, Badgley was the Attorney General for Canada East from 1847 to 1848. He joined the teaching staff of McGill's Faculty of Law as a lecturer in 1843 and served as the first Dean from 1853 to 1855. He was a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench from 1866 to 1874. In 1834 he married Elizabeth Wallace Taylor, and they had 6 children, including John Thompson (n.d.) and at least one grandson, Clement (n.d.). William Badgley's brother, James Thompson Badgley (d.1829) was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and did survey work off the coasts of Africa and India.

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William Badgley's papers form the bulk of the family's papers and consist of a book of legal notes and judgments, 1801-1826; legal commissions, 1823-1866; as well as circulars, petitions and correspondence for the Constitutional Association, 1834-1839. Other papers include family correspondence, 1823-1829, and deeds of sale, 1831-1852, of James Thompson Badgley.

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