Adolphe-Philippe Caron

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The Hon.
Sir Adolphe-Philippe Caron
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Quebec County
In office
1867–1891
Preceded by Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau
Succeeded by Jules-Joseph-Taschereau Frémont
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rimouski
In office
1891–1896
Preceded by Jean-Baptiste Romuald Fiset
Succeeded by Jean-Baptiste Romuald Fiset
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Three Rivers and St. Maurice
In office
1896–1900
Preceded by District established in 1892
Succeeded by Jacques Bureau
Personal details
Born Joseph-Philippe-René-Adolphe Caron
(1843-12-24)24 December 1843
Quebec City, Canada East
Died 20 April 1908(1908-04-20) (aged 64)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Conservative

Sir Joseph-Philippe-René-Adolphe Caron, PC KCMG (24 December 1843 – 20 April 1908) was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He is now best remembered as the Minister of Militia and Defence in the government of Sir John A. Macdonald and his role during the North-West Rebellion of 1885.

He was born in Quebec City in 1843, the son of René-Édouard Caron, and studied at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and McGill College. He was called to the bar in 1865 and entered practice with a law firm in Quebec City, later becoming a partner. A Conservative party member, Caron was elected six times to the Canadian House of Commons, first winning election in a by-election in 1873, where he won a seat as a Member of Parliament representing the electoral district of Quebec County. He defended this seat in 1874, 1878, 1880, 1882 and 1887. In the 1891 election he was elected as the MP for Rimouski, and in 1896 as the MP for Three Rivers and St. Maurice. From 1892–1896 he served as Postmaster General of Canada.

After Caron left politics in 1900, he returned to practicing law. He died at Montreal in 1908 after having been ill for several months.

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