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John Henderson Lamont was a Canadian
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 lawyer, politician, and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada
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Born in Horning's Mills, Canada West (now Ontario
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), the son of Duncan Carmichael Lamont and Margaret Robson Henderson, he received a Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
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 degree in 1892 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 1893 from the University of Toronto
University of Toronto
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. In 1893, he was called to the Bar of Ontario. He practiced law in Toronto until 1899 when he moved to Prince Albert
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Prince Albert is the third-largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada. It is situated in the centre of the province on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The city is known as the "Gateway to the North" because it is the last major centre along the route to the resources of northern Saskatchewan...

, Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories
The Northwest Territories is a federal territory of Canada.Located in northern Canada, the territory borders Canada's two other territories, Yukon to the west and Nunavut to the east, and three provinces: British Columbia to the southwest, and Alberta and Saskatchewan to the south...

 (now Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is a prairie province in Canada, which has an area of . Saskatchewan is bordered on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the east by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota....

) and co-founded a law firm.

In 1902, he became a Crown Prosecutor. In 1904, he was elected as a Liberal
Liberal Party of Canada
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 candidate to the Canadian House of Commons
Canadian House of Commons
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 representing the riding of Saskatchewan (Provisional District), Northwest Territories. In this election he defeated Conservative
Conservative Party of Canada (historical)
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  Thomas McKay
Thomas McKay (N.W.T. politician)
Thomas McKay was a farmer and political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada. He represented Prince Albert in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1891 to 1894 and from 1898 to 1905. McKay was the brother-in-law of Lawrence Clarke, and like Clarke was connected to the Conservative...

 who had been elected first mayor of Prince Albert in the 1880s. He resigned on September 5, 1905 and was elected as a Liberal
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
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 to represent the district of Prince Albert City
Prince Albert City
Prince Albert City was a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This constituency was one of 25 created for the 1st Saskatchewan general election in 1905....

 in the first election
Saskatchewan general election, 1905
The Saskatchewan general election of 1905 was the first provincial election in the newly created Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on 13 December 1905 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Walter Scott led the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan to victory over the...

 of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
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. He was also appointed Attorney General. In 1907, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Saskatchewan. From 1918 to 1927, he was a Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. On April 2, 1927, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. He served until his death in 1936.

Lamont, Alberta is named in his honour.

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