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Télesphore Fournier

Télesphore Fournier
The Honourable Mr. Justice Télesphore Fournier
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bellechasse
In office
Preceded byNapoléon Casault
Succeeded byJoseph-Goderic Blanchet
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montmagny
In office
Preceded byLouis-Henri Blais
Succeeded byFrançois Langelier
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
September 30, 1875 – September 12, 1895
Nominated byAlexander Mackenzie
Preceded byNone (new position)
Succeeded byDésiré Girouard
Personal details
Born(1823-08-05)August 5, 1823
Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Lower Canada
DiedMay 10, 1896(1896-05-10) (aged 72)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Other political
Quebec Liberal Party
SpouseHermine Demers
CabinetMinister of Inland Revenue (1873–1874)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1874–1875)
Postmaster General (1875)

Télesphore Fournier, PC (August 5, 1823 – May 10, 1896) was a Canadian politician, lawyer, and judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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. On July 22, 1857, he married Hermine-Eloïse Demers, and they had nine children: seven daughters and two sons.

From 1855 to 1859, he was the co-owner and co-editor of the newspaper, Le National de Québec.

In an 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 Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec (pre-1968 designation of the (Quebec National Assembly) (MLA). He was an MLA in the riding of Montmagny from 1871 to 1873.

He was appointed as one of the first judges of the Supreme Court of Canada on September 30, 1875. Four years later, his wife died, and his eldest daughter then kept house. He retired on September 12, 1895, and died on May 10, 1896, at the age of 72.

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

Electoral record

By-election on 27 May 1870

Casault appointed Puisne Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Télesphore Fournier acclaimed
1872 Canadian federal election: Bellechasse
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Télesphore Fournier 1,219
Conservative A. Caron 638
Source: Canadian Elections Database[1]
By-election on 27 November 1873

Fournier nominated Minister of Inland Revenue

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Télesphore Fournier acclaimed
1874 Canadian federal election: Bellechasse
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Télesphore Fournier acclaimed[2]
Source: Parliament of Canada


  1. ^ Sayers, Anthony M. "1872 Federal Election". Canadian Elections Database. Archived from the original on 3 February 2024.
  2. ^ "The Hon. Télesphore Fournier, P.C., M.P." Retrieved 30 November 2023.
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