Fonds ID451 - George Otty

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George Otty

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  • 1787-1901 (Creation)
    Otty, George

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2 m of textual records

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Biographical history

George Otty (1820-1888) was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, son of Captain Allan Otty (d. 1858), a British naval officer who settled in New Brunswick after the War of 1812, and Elizabeth Crookshank, whose parents were Loyalists.

George Otty was educated at the Saint John Grammar School; studied law with William Wright of Saint John; was called to the bar in 1841, and practised at Saint John until 1849, when he settled in Hampton and continued his legal practice until he became judge of probate.

Otty represented King's County in the provincial legislature for one term prior to Confederation, and part of one term afterwards. He was opposed to the measure, and in 1866 brought in the famous anti-Confederation resolutions, which created violent discussions and caused the dissolution of the House of Assembly. He was again returned to the Assembly, for the Conservative party, in 1872. He was also secretary and treasurer of the municipality of Kings County, and clerk of the peace.

In 1849 Otty married Eliza A. Earle, daughter of Dr. S. Z. Earle of King's county. They adopted two children: George Otty Dickenson Otty, a lawyer in Saint John; and Maria Earle Otty.

The Canadian Biographical Dictionary, 1881

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The fonds includes documents relating to approximately 300 civil cases, as well as extensive files on non-litigated land transactions, debt collections, and estate administration. Included is particularly interesting material on the legal aspects of constructing the railway through Kings County. While there are no criminal law files, there is considerable documentation arising from the role as clerk of the peace. Although the geographical focus is Kennebecasis Valley, other counties included are Albert, Queens and St. John.

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Source unknown 1966


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