CONRAD BLACK was born in Montreal in 1944, is a graduate of Carleton, Laval, and McGill Universities, and had a lengthy career as a newspaper publisher, starting with the Eastern Townships Advertiser in 1966, and ultimately including the London Daily and Sunday Telegraph and Spectator; the Chicago Sun-Times, Jerusalem Post, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and Australian financial Review, the National Post, (of which he was the co-founder), and the main Southam newspapers. He was the principal controlling shareholder of Argus Corporation and of the Hollinger companies from 1978 to 2004. He has strenuously protested his innocence of 18 criminal charges brought against him in Chicago in 2005, of which all but two have been dropped, rejected, and the remaining two counts are under appeal. Prior to the four original convictions being vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court, he served 29 months in a U.S. federal prison in Florida (2008-2010), teaching English and U.S. history and assisting more than a hundred inmates to matriculate. He became a British peer as Baron Black of Crossharbour in 2001, is a member of the Privy Council of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (the Holy See). He is the author of extensive biographies of Maurice L. Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon.
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