Edmund Leslie Newcombe

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Edmund Leslie Newcombe

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Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
September 16, 1924 – December 9, 1931
Nominated byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded byFrancis Alexander Anglin
Succeeded byOswald Smith Crocket
Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General
In office
Preceded byRobert Sedgewick
Succeeded byWilliam Stuart Edwards
Personal details
Born(1859-02-17)February 17, 1859
Cornwallis, Nova Scotia
DiedDecember 9, 1931(1931-12-09) (aged 72)
Alma mater

Edmund Leslie Newcombe, CMG QC[1] (February 17, 1859 – December 9, 1931) was a Canadian lawyer, civil servant, and Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, the son of John Cumming Newcombe and Abigail H. Calkin, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1878 and a Master of Arts degree in 1881 from Dalhousie University, he received a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1881 from the short-lived University of Halifax.


In 1882, he was called to the Nova Scotia Bar and started to practice law.

In 1893, he became Deputy Minister of Justice and was called to the Ontario Bar, becoming a Queen's Counsel shortly after; as Deputy Minister, he was responsible for all the legal work of the Canadian government. He frequently appeared in person in front of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, appearing in more than thirty cases in front of the latter, he was appointed CMG in 1909.

In 1924, he was appointed to the Supreme Court and served until his death in 1931.


  1. ^ The civil service of Canada. Ottawa: The Civilian. 1914. p. 194.

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