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Charles Boucher de Boucherville
Sir Charles-Eugène-Napoléon Boucher de Boucherville
|3rd Premier of Quebec|
September 22, 1874 – March 8, 1878
|Lieutenant Governor||René-Édouard Caron
Luc Letellier de St.-Just
|Preceded by||Gédéon Ouimet|
|Succeeded by||Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière|
December 21, 1891 – December 16, 1892
|Lieutenant Governor||Auguste-Réal Angers
|Preceded by||Honoré Mercier|
|Succeeded by||Louis-Olivier Taillon|
|Senator for Montarville, Quebec|
February 12, 1879 – September 10, 1915
|Appointed by||John A. Macdonald|
|Preceded by||Louis Lacoste|
|Succeeded by||Charles-Philippe Beaubien|
|Member of Legislative Council for Montarville|
July 1, 1867 – September 10, 1915
|Appointed by||Narcisse Fortunat Belleau|
|Born||(1822-05-04)May 4, 1822
Montreal, Lower Canada
|Died||September 10, 1915(1915-09-10) (aged 93)
|Political party||Conservative Party of Quebec|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Elizabeth Morrogh
Boucher was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Descended from Pierre Boucher, he was one of the three children of Pierre Boucher de Boucherville (1780–1857), Seigneur of Boucherville, and Marguerite-Émilie de Bleury (1786–1812), sister of Clément-Charles Sabrevois de Bleury. Boucher de Boucherville took his MD from McGill University, graduating with an MD in 1843.
During the Chauveau administration, he served as Speaker of the Legislative Council. He became premier in 1874 when his predecessor, Gédéon Ouimet, had to resign due to a financial scandal. He then won the 1875 Quebec election but was removed from office on March 8, 1878, in a conflict with Lieutenant Governor Luc Letellier de Saint-Just. Letellier de Saint-Just refused to approve legislation that had been passed by both houses of the Quebec legislature that would have forced municipalities to pay for railway construction. The Lieutenant-Governor deposed Boucher de Boucherville, and called on the Leader of the Opposition, Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, to form a government.
Boucher de Boucherville's second term came about after Honoré Mercier was removed from office by Lieutenant Governor Auguste-Réal Angers on December 16, 1891, on charges of corruption. Mercier was later cleared.
After Conservative leader Louis-Olivier Taillon had lost the 1890 election and his own seat, Jean Blanchet had taken over as Leader of the Opposition to the Mercier government. Blanchet, however, had resigned on September 19, 1891, to accept an appointment as a judge. The Lieutenant Governor, therefore, needed a Conservative to fill the post of Premier and turned to Boucher de Boucherville.
Boucher de Boucherville served for one year but resigned when former Conservative premier Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau was appointed Lieutenant-Governor in December 1892. Relations between the two may have been strained. By 1915 the oldest legislator in North America, he died that year in Montreal at the Deaf and Dumb Institute, in whose work he was so interested that he lived there.
External links and references
- "Charles Boucher de Boucherville". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Charles Boucher de Boucherville – Parliament of Canada biography
- "Senator de Boucherville Dies at 95", The New York Times, September 12, 1915, p. 17.
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