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Chisholm, A.G.

A.G. Chisholm fonds. – 1892-1948. – 44.5 cm of textual records and graphic material.

Andrew Gordon Chisholm, K.C., was a London, Ont. lawyer. While still studying law, he joined the 7th Fusiliers and served as a lieutentant in the North-West Rebellion of 1885. He ran for Parliament after that as a Conservative but was defeated. He was called to the bar in 1888 and made a K.C. in 1921. He acted as solicitor for the Six Nations of the Grand River for about forty years. During that time he recovered for them lands valued at $300,000 and some $35,000 in cash according to a letter of 14 April 1942 to the Deputy Minister of Justice. Chisholm died suddenly on 11 January 1943 at the age of 79 while a Petition of Right was still before the courts.

The fonds consists of Chisholm’s correspondence and legal documents he filed on behalf of the Six Nations. His correspondents included: two lawyers who acted as his agents in Ottawa; many Six Nations councillors; Government ministers; and archivists. The legal documents he filed include Statements, Memorandums and Petitions of Right. There are also copies of many documents that he researched in order to establish the historical record. These copies date back to 1763.

The fonds has been arranged into two series: Correspondence; Legal and Other Documents, Printed Materials.

Title based on content of the fonds.
Fonds (11-2008) was acquired from Peter Chisholm in May 2008.
Finding aid available in hard copy and electronically.
There are no access restrictions.
Further accruals are not expected.

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Last Reviewed: January 5, 2009
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