He was born in Montreal in 1741, the son of a shoemaker. He worked as a carpenter and also carved wooden objects for the church at Saint-Denis. In 1772, he married Périne-Charles, the daughter of François-Pierre Cherrier, a notary. Viger then worked for the Hôtel-Dieu in Montreal. He also was involved in the sale and export of potash. In 1796, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada in Montreal East as a supporter of the parti canadien.
He died at Montreal in 1805.
His son Denis-Benjamin later played an important role in the politics of the province. His nephew, Jacques Viger, was the first mayor of Montreal and his nephew Louis-Michel Viger became a lawyer and also served in the legislative assembly.
- "Denis VIGER". Assemblée nationale du Québec. Assemblée nationale du Québec. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- "Denis Viger". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
- Ancestors of Denis Viger (French)
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