Sewell, Jonathan

Sewell, Jonathan, 1766–1839, Canadian jurist, b. Cambridge, Mass. He was educated in England and emigrated to Canada in 1785. A lawyer, he became attorney general of Lower Canada (Quebec) in 1795 and sat in the Legislative Assembly (1796–1808). While chief justice (1808–38) of Lower Canada, he made a decision (1818) that was the basis for drawing the boundary between Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada. President (1808–29) of the executive council and speaker (1809–39) of the legislative council, he was one of the earliest advocates of confederation.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Canadian History: Biographies

Browse By Subject

Play Poptropica Worlds

Download Poptropica and play for free!

Explore a limitless universe of uncharted islands
App store
Google Play