Augustin-Norbert Morin

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Augustin-Norbert Morin

Augustin-Norbert Morin (October 13, 1803 – July 27, 1865) was a lawyer, judge

Born in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Lower Canada, into a large Roman Catholic farming family, Morin was identified by the parish priest at a young age as a boy of exceptional talent and intelligence. The parish priest therefore arranged for his education at the Séminaire de Québec, beginning in 1815. After leaving the seminary, Morin worked as newspaperman in order to earn money for the study of law as clerk in the office of Denis-Benjamin Viger. By 1828 he was practising law independently, and by 1830 had become involved with colonial politics. Morin helped draft the Ninety-Two Resolutions. Although he took part in the Lower Canada Rebellion and was later arrested, it was not felt that a charge of high treason was justified.

Morin served as Joint Premier of the Province of Canada from Canada East along with his counterparts from Canada West Francis Hincks (from October 28, 1851 to September 11, 1854), and with Allan Napier MacNab (from that date until January 27, 1855).

He resigned from government due to ill health. However, Morin was named a judge in the Quebec Superior Court and he also took part in the commission which drafted a new civil code for Canada East.

Morin-Heights, Quebec and Val-Morin, Quebec, which Morin help found, are named for him. He also helped found Sainte-Adèle, Quebec, which was named after his wife Adèle Raymond, the sister of Joseph-Sabin Raymond.

He died at Sainte-Adèle in 1865.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine
Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada - Canada East
1851-1855
Succeeded by
with Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché
Preceded by
Allan MacNab
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces of Canada
1848–1851
Succeeded by
John Sandfield Macdonald