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- Curran, John Joseph
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John Joseph Curran, judge and writer, was a prominent member of the Irish community of Montreal. Born in Montreal February 22, 1842, Curran was one of eleven children of Charles C. and Sarah Kennedy Curran of County Down, Ireland. Curran attended Collège Ste-Marie and Ottawa University. He graduated from McGill Law School in 1862 and was appointed to the Bar Association in 1863. In 1865 Curran married Mary Elizabeth Brennan, with whom he had seven children. He was named Q.C. in 1882, and in 1885 he became a judge for the Superior Court of Quebec. In 1881 Manhattan College awarded him an honorary LL.D.
Between 1882-1895 Curran won three consecutive elections to become the Conservative Member of Parliament for Montreal Centre. In 1894-1895 he was Solicitor General.
Curran wrote on the history of St. Patrick's Church, St. Patrick's Orphanage (founded by his father), as well as on the life of his friend Father Patrick Dowd.
Judge Curran's obituary in The Montreal Gazette on October 2, 1909 described John Joseph Curran as a good citizen, a model churchman, an ardent patriot, and an impartial judge who was respected for high character by men of all shades of opinion.