Oswald Smith Crocket was born in Chatham on April 13, 1868, to parents William Crocket and Marion Caldwell.
He earned his B.A. from the University of New Brunswick in 1886 and then spent five years studying law while simultaneously working as the Fredericton correspondent for the Saint John Globe. In 1892, Crocket was admitted to the bar and later established the law firm of Phinney & Crocket in Fredericton. However, he maintained his part-time journalistic pursuits until 1904.
That year marked a significant transition in Crocket’s career as he was elected to the House of Commons. After serving as a Member of Parliament for nine years, he resigned in 1913 to take up a new role in the Court of King’s Bench Division of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick. Three years into this position, he was appointed as the Judge of the Court of Divorce and Matrimonial Causes of New Brunswick.
His career trajectory saw another upward shift on September 21, 1932, when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. He served in this capacity for 11 years until his retirement on April 13, 1943. Justice Crocket passed away on March 2, 1945, at 76 years old. His final resting place is the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredericton.
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