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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Hon. James Duncan Hyndman


Hon. James Duncan Hyndman is judge of the supreme court of Alberta and a resident of Edmonton. Mr. Justice Hyndrnan is a native of Prince Edward Island, his birth having occurred at Charlottetown, July 29, 1874, his parents being Charles Augustus and Catherine (Macdonald) Hyndman. His education was acquired in Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, and in early manhood he turned his attention to the study of law, reading under the direction of A. A. McLean, K. C. and M. P. of Queens. He was called to the bar in 1899 and soon afterward made his way westward to Winnipeg and to Portage la Prairie, There he entered into partnership with his uncle, now the Hon. Mr. Justice Macdonald, judge of the king's bench at Winnipeg. This association was maintained from 1899 until 1903 and in the latter year Mr. Justice Hyndrnan came to Edmonton, where he has since made his home and through the intervening period has given his attention to professional interests and duties. The fairness of his rulings, based upon a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of jurisprudence and his wise interpretation of the law, has gained him distinction as a representative of the legal profession in Alberta and has eventually brought him to high judicial preferment.

Five years after taking up his abode in Edmonton, Mr. Justice Hyndman was the unsuccessful candidate of the Conservative party for the house of commons from the Edmonton district. This was in 1908 and in 1913 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Alberta legislature for Sturgeon. In 1910 he was chosen alderman of Edmonton, filling the position for two years, and in 1910 he was also made a member of the hospital board. The year 1914 brought him appointment to the position of justice of the Alberta supreme court and through the intervening period he has served on the bench.

In 1902 Mr. Justice Hyndman married Miss Ethel Davies, a daughter of Sir Louis Davies, minister of marine and fisheries in the first Laurier government and now chief justice of the supreme court of Canada. The children of this marriage are four sons and one daughter. The family residence is on Seventh street, Edmonton. Mr. Justice Hyndman is a member of the Anglican Church and fraternally is connected with the Masons. He also belongs to the Edmonton and Ranchmen's Clubs and his personal qualities make for popularity wherever he is known.


 


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