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Anthony Lacourse, junior judge of county of Waterloo, was born in Berthier, Province of Quebec, September 22, 1830. His father, Anthony Lacourse, senior, was from France. The mother of our subject was Mary nee Dame, a native of Montreal.
Judge Lacourse was educated in the arts at the Picton grammar school, and Regiopolis College, Kingston; studied law in the same city with the late Thomas Kirkpatrick, Q. C.; was called to the Bar at Easter term in 1855; practiced one year at Picton, and then removed to Lindsay, now county town of Victoria, where he was in practice for seventeen years. During that period he held the offices of superintendent of schools, mayor of the town for three consecutive years, and county crown attorney and clerk of the peace from 1863 to 1873. In October of the latter year he was appointed judge of the county of Waterloo, by Sir John A. Macdonald’s Administration, and is faithfully discharging the duties of that office. He has a high sense of what constitutes right and true manhood, and is very severe on acts savoring of fraud. Probably no judge in the Province is more desirous of meting out exact justice to parties arraigned before him. He grasps the points for decision in a case very readily and pre sents them to the jury with great candor and clearness. He is master in chancery. The judge is a Roman Catholic, and a man of high moral character.
He was first married in September 1853, to Mary, daughter of John Dormer, M.D., late of Kingston, deceased, she having six children, and dying in 1874. Five of the children survive her. He was married the second time, December 28, 1878, his present wife being Fannie, daughter of Col. Baldwin, deceased, of Toronto.