The Honourable John Idington

John Idington was born in Puslinch, Upper Canada (Ontario), on October 14, 1840. He was the son of Peter Idington and Catherine Stewart. He studied at the University of Toronto, graduating with an LL.B. in 1864. Called to the bar the same year, he settled in Stratford, Canada West (Ontario), where he practised for 40 years. Early in his career, he served as Crown Attorney and Clerk of the Peace for the county of Perth. In 1894 and 1895 he was president of the Western Bar Association. He was appointed to the High Court of Justice of Ontario in 1904 and to the Supreme Court of Canada on February 10, 1905. He served on the Supreme Court for 22 years and retired on March 31, 1927. Justice Idington died on February 7, 1928, at the age of 87.