Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Edmund James Flynn


Flynn, Edmund James (1847-1927), prime minister of Quebec (1896-7), was born at Percé, Gaspé county, Canada East, on November 16, 1847, the son of James Flynn and Elizabeth Tostevin. He was educated at the Quebec Seminary and, at Laval University (LL.L., 1873; LL.D., 1878), and was called to the Quebec bar in 1873 (Q.C., 1887). In 1874 he was appointed professor of Roman law in Laval University. He represented Gaspé in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec almost continuously from 1878 to 1900, and Nicolet from 1900 to 1904; and he was commissioner of crown lands in the Chapleau government from 1879 to 1882, solicitor-general in the Ross government from 1884 to 1887, and commissioner of crown lands in the Boucherville and Taillon governments from 1891 to 1896. From May 11, 1896, to May 22, 1897, he was prime minister and minister of public works. From 1897 to 1904 he was leader of the opposition, and he then retired to private life. He died at Quebec on June 7, 1927. In 1875 he married Mathilde Augustine, daughter of Augustin Coté, proprietor of Le journal de Quebec ; and by her he had three sons and two daughters.

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 356.


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