Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2007

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


The Right Hon. Sir Charles Fitzpatrick


FITZPATRICK, The Right Hon. Sir Charles, P.C., G.C.M.G., B.A., LL.D. Born Quebec, Que., Dec. 19, 1851, son of the late John and Mary (Connolly) Fitzpatrick. Educated: Ste. Anne's College; Séminaire de Québec; Laval University (B.A., 1873; LL.B. and Governor-General's Medal, 1876; LL.D., 1902); Hon. LL.D., Ottawa University, 1906; McGill University, 1911; Notre Dame University, 1911; Toronto University, 1911; Harvard University, 1912. Called to the Quebec Bar, 1876; practised, Quebec, 1876-1906; called to the Ontario Bar, 1896; Q.C. (Earl of Aberdeen), 1893; Q.C. (Quebec), 1899; Professor of Criminal Law, Laval University;  Crown Prosecutor for District, 1879-87; Bâtonnier-Général, Quebec, 1898-1900; British Member of The Hague Tribunal, 1908; Member of the Quebec Legislature for County of Quebec, 1890-96; declined appointment as Attorney-General, Quebec, 1891; resigned as Provincial Member, 1896, and was elected to sit as Member for Quebec County in Parliament; Solicitor-General of Canada, 1896-1902; Minister of justice, 1902-06; appointed Chief Justice of Canada and Deputy Governor-General, June 4, 1906; Administrator of the Government of Canada during the absence of H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught; resigned as Chief Justice of Canada, 1918; Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, Oct., 1918 to Oct., 1923; sworn of His Majesty's Privy Council and a Member of the Judicial Committee of the Council, 1908; G.C.M.G., created, 1911 (invested by the King in person); K.C.M.G., created, 1907; present by invitation at funeral of King Edward, Windsor, 1910. Married Corinne Caron, daughter of the late Hon. R. E. Caron, LL.D., ex-Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Quebec, and sister of the late Sir Adolphe Caron, May, 1879; has one son and four daughters. Clubs: Garrison (Quebec); St. James's (Montreal); National (Toronto); Rideau (Ottawa). Residence: Quebec, Que.

Source: Prominent People of the Province of Quebec, 1923-24, Montreal, Biographical Society of Canada, Limited, undated and unpaginated. Correct French spelling and accents have been restored.

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