Thomas Ritchie (judge)

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Thomas Ritchie (September 21, 1777 November 13, 1852) was a lawyer, judge and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Annapolis County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1806 to 1824.

Nova Scotia Province of Canada

Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime Provinces, and one of the four provinces that form Atlantic Canada. Its provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the second-smallest of Canada's ten provinces, with an area of 55,284 square kilometres (21,300 sq mi), including Cape Breton and another 3,800 coastal islands. As of 2016, the population was 923,598. Nova Scotia is Canada's second-most-densely populated province, after Prince Edward Island, with 17.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (45/sq mi).

Nova Scotia House of Assembly single house, former lower house, of Nova Scotia Legislature

The Nova Scotia House of Assembly is one of two components of the General Assembly of Nova Scotia, the other being the Queen of Canada in Right of Nova Scotia represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. It is the legislative branch of the provincial government of Nova Scotia, Canada. The assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758, and in 1848 was the site of the first responsible government in the British Empire.

He was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the son of John Ritchie and Alicia Maria Le Cain. He studied law with Thomas Henry Barclay and took over Barclay's practice in 1799. Ritchie married Elizabeth Wildman Johnston, who was the daughter of Elizabeth Lichtenstein, in 1807. In 1823, he married Elizabeth Best after his first wife died in a bedroom fire. In 1824, he resigned his seat in the provincial assembly after he was named judge in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the western division. In 1831, he was named president of the Court of General Sessions for the western district. He served on the bench until 1841. He also was president of the board of health and lieutenant-colonel in the militia. Ritchie married Anne Bond, the daughter of Joseph Norman Bond, in 1831 after his second wife died, having been thrown from a horse. He died at Annapolis Royal at the age of 75.

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