Thomas Chandler Haliburton was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1796. He studied at King’s College and was called to the bar in 1820. He practiced law in Annapolis Royal and represented that constituency in the provincial assembly from 1826 to 1929. Named a judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in 1829, he was elevated twelve years later to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
Haliburton began his writing career as a historian. In the 1830s he turned to humorous and satirical fiction to express his Tory opinions on political and social questions. In 1835 he contributed to Joseph Howe’s journal The Novascotian a series od satirical sketches entitled “Recollections of Nova Scotia.” Their popularity led him to expand them into The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slackville (1836). He published a second series of sketches in 1838 and a third in 1840.
In 1865 Haliburton retired and moved to England, where he represented Launceston in House of Commons from 1859 to 1865.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton died in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, in 1865.
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