- Joseph-François Perrault
Joseph-François Perrault (
June 2 1753– April 5 1844) was a businessman and political figure in Lower Canada.
He was born in
Quebec Cityin 1753, the son of fur trader Louis Perrault and grandson of François Perrault, and was brought to Trois-Rivières during the British attack on the town. In 1763, his father returned to Quebec City and left his children with his brother Jacques while he returned to Franceon business. Joseph-François studied at the Petit Séminaire de Québec. In 1772, he left the province to meet his father in New Orleans. When he arrived, his father was at St Louis, Missouriand they were finally reunited there in the spring of 1773.
In 1779, the younger Perrault was captured by native warriors allied with the British and brought to
Detroit. There, he met his uncle Jacques Baby, dit Dupéront. Unable to rejoin his father, Perrault began working for his uncle at Montreal. He later entered retail trade on his own, later leaving that business and becoming involved in various other activities, including teaching bookkeeping and translating legal publications. Perrault also became involved in theatre at Montreal with Pierre-Amable de Bonne. In 1795, he was named clerk of the peace and protonotaryfor the Court of King's Bench at Quebec. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canadafor Huntingdon County in 1796; he was reelected in 1800. In 1806, he helped establish the " Courier de Québec" and was also involved in the production of the " Le Vrai Canadien" at Quebec. Although he was originally a strong supporter of the English party, Perrault became a moderate Reformer later in life; he opposed the use of force to secure political change.
Perrault was active in the freemasons, establishing a lodge at Quebec City and serving as deputy grand master for the province in 1816. He helped establish the Education Society of the District of Quebec to provide education for the town's poor children and served as its president. He also helped establish the British and Canadian School Society of the District of Quebec, an organization with similar aims.
He died at Quebec City in 1844.
Joseph-Xavier Perraultlater served in the legislative assembly and also was involved in promoting education in the province.
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=3600 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
High School named after him [http://www.csdm.qc.ca/jfp/]
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