1895 – He was born in Toronto on the 23rd of March.
1912 – After graduating from Upper Canada College, he enrolled at Osgoode Hall Law School and began his articles with Smith, Rae & Greer.
1914 – He interrupted his studies to serve overseas with the armed forces during the First World War.
1915 – He was wounded twice and for the following two years was an aide-de-camp to three successive generals.
1917 – He was awarded the Military Cross.
1920 – He was called to the bar, then joined the firm of Smith, Rae & Greer in Toronto.
1947 – He was counsel for the Government of Canada in the prosecutions that resulted from the findings of the Royal Commission on Spying Activities in Canada, which had been chaired by judges Taschereau and Kellock.
1949 – He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on on the 22th of December.
1967 – He became its chief justice on the 1st of September.
1970 – He served on the Supreme Court for 20 years and retired on the 23rd of March.
1979 – He died on the 24th of November.