Télesphore Fournier


Télesphore Fournier

Télesphore Fournier, PC (August 5, 1823May 10, 1896) was a Canadian politician and jurist.

Born in Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Lower Canada (now Quebec), the son of Guillaume Fournier and Marie-Archange Morin, he was called to the bar in 1846. From 1855 to 1859, he was the co-owner and co-editor of the newspaper, "Le National de Québec".

In a 1870 by-election, he was acclaimed as a Liberal Member of Parliament in the riding of Bellechasse. He was re-elected in 1872, 1873, and 1875. He held three ministerial positions: Minister of Inland Revenue (1873-1874), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1874-1875), and Postmaster General (1875). He tabled the bill to create the Supreme Court of Canada in February 1875.

At that period of time, it was possible to be a Member of Parliament and a Member of the Quebec National Assembly (MNA). He was an MNA in the riding of Montmagny from 1871 to 1873.

He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on September 30, 1875 and retired on September 12, 1895.

The house he lived in from 1877 until 1882 is now the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Ottawa.

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* [http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/AboutCourt/judges/fournier/index_e.asp Supreme Court of Canada biography]


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