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Fonds AM1564 - John L. Farris fonds

Class of 1934 Harvard University Law School

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John L. Farris fonds

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  • 1928-1987 (Creation)
    Farris, John L.
    Vancouver (B.C.)

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0.4 m of textual records
ca. 140 photographs

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John Lauchlan Farris was born on September 5, 1911 in Vancouver. He was the fourth of four children born to Senator John Wallace deBeque Farris and Dr. Evlyn Fenwick Farris. Farris attended the Margaret Jenkins School in Victoria. He returned to Vancouver in 1921 and attended Kitsilano High School from which he graduated in 1923 at the age of 15. Farris graduated from U.B.C. a Bachelor of Arts in 1931. From 1931 to 1934, Farris attended the Law School of Harvard University. Before the beginning of his third year at Harvard Law School, Farris married Dorothy Beatrice Colledge. Following graduation, Farris joined his father’s law firm (Farris, Farris, Stultz & Bull) in 1935. Farris and his father practised together for over 30 years.

In 1958 and 1959, Farris served as the President of the Vancouver Bar Association. Farris was elected national President of the Canadian Bar Association, serving a one-year term from 1971 to 1972. In 1973, Farris was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of British Columbia and Farris resigned from the position of Chief Justice in 1978. Farris became associate counsel to the firm of Shrum, Liddle and Hebenton in 1979. Farris died on October 14, 1986.

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Fonds consists of the text of speeches John L. Farris gave to lawyers, judges, business organizations, students and others. Fonds also contains letters that were sent to JohnL. Farris on his appointment of president of the Canadian Bar Association and Chief Justice of BC as well as the letters of condolence when he died in 1986. Photographs of John L. Farris are included in the fonds as well.
The fonds is arranged into the following three original series: Speeches and addresses (ca. 1930-1976); Correspondence (ca. 1932-1986); Article and research materials (1986-1987); Scrapbook and certificates (ca. 1938-1974, 1985); Photographs (1925-1984).

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Fonds was donated by Ann and Haig Farris in 2007.


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  • English

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Accession 2007-073

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