|Preceded by||Adam Oliver|
|Succeeded by||George Atwell Cooke|
|Preceded by||John Wallis|
|Succeeded by||Robert Bell|
|Born||December 11, 1827|
West Flamboro, Ontario
|Died||December 28, 1885 (aged 58)|
Crooks was born in West Flamboro, Ontario, the son of James Crooks and Jane Cummings. He studied at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. During his time in Toronto, he studied law and was called to the bar in 1851. Crooks married Emily Ann C. Evans in 1857. Their child, Lawrence Ogden Crooks, was born in 1858. During the early 1860s, Adam Crooks successfully appealed a lower court decision against the Commercial Bank of Canada before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England. In 1863, he was named Queen's Counsel. Near the end of his life, he suffered from problems with his physical and mental health and was forced to retire from public life. He died in Hartford, Connecticut.
He served as Attorney General from 1871 to 1872 and provincial treasurer from 1872 to 1877. Crooks played a major role in developing the 1876 liquor licence act, also known as the Crooks Act, which attempted to control the sale of alcohol within the province. He also served as the first Minister of Education in Ontario, appointed in 1876, after the retirement of Rev. Dr. Egerton Ryerson, who was Chief Superintendent.
- Adam Crook, Library and Archives Canada, 1872
- Wheeler, William Ogden (1907). The Ogden family in America, Elizabethtown branch and their English ancestry : John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his descendants, 1640-1906 ... Printed ... by J.B. Lippincott Co. OCLC 191114217.
- "Adam Crooks". Archives of Ontario. December 18, 2010. Archived from the original on December 18, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Stamp, Robert M. (1982). "Crooks, Adam". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
- Adam Crooks – Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history (archive)
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