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Douglas Abbott

The Honourable Mr. Justice
Douglas Charles Abbott
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Antoine—Westmount
In office
Preceded by Robert Smeaton White
Succeeded by George Carlyle Marler
41st Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
July 1, 1954 – December 23, 1973
Nominated by Louis St. Laurent
Preceded by Patrick Kerwin
Succeeded by Louis-Philippe de Grandpré
Personal details
Born (1889-05-29)May 29, 1889
Lennoxville, Quebec
Died March 15, 1987(1987-03-15) (aged 87)
Political party Liberal
Children Anthony Abbott
Alma mater Bishop's University, McGill Law School, Université de Dijon
Profession Lawyer
Cabinet Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (1945-1946)
Minister of National Defence (1945-1946)
Minister of Finance and Receiver General(1946-1954)
Religion Anglican

Douglas Charles Abbott, PC (May 29, 1899 – March 15, 1987) was a Canadian Member of Parliament, federal Cabinet Minister, and justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Early life

Abbott was born in Lennoxville, Quebec. He attended Bishop's University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended McGill Law School, but interrupted his studies to sign up for service overseas, in 1916. Returning from the Great War, he completed his legal studies, earning his Bachelor of Civil Law. He then went to France to attend the Université de Dijon. Returning to Canada, he was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1921 and practised law in Montreal with the firm of Fleet, Phelan, Fleet & Le Mesurier.

Political career

Abbott successfully stood for election to the House of Commons in 1940, and remained a member of the House for fourteen years. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, Abbott served as both Minister of National Defence and Minister of Finance.

Supreme Court justice

He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on July 1, 1954 and served as Puisne Justice until December 23, 1973.

As of 2015, Abbott was the last Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada appointed directly to the Court from the Cabinet of Canada, and the last Justice to have held elected office prior to his appointment.

Parliamentary seats

House of Commons

  • 16 May 1940 – 16 April 1945: St. Antoine—Westmount, Quebec
  • 6 September 1945 – 30 April 1949: St. Antoine—Westmount, Quebec
  • 15 September 1949 – 13 June 1953: St. Antoine—Westmount, Quebec
  • 12 November 1953 – 30 June 1954: Saint-Antoine—Westmount, Quebec

Parliamentary functions


Parliamentary Secretary

External links

  • Douglas Abbott – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Supreme Court of Canada biography

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