Joseph-Octave Arsenault

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The Hon.
Joseph-Octave Arsenault
Senator for Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island
In office
February 18, 1895 – December 14, 1897
Appointed by Mackenzie Bowell
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for 3rd Prince
In office
1873–1895
Personal details
Born (1828-08-05)August 5, 1828
Cascumpec, PEI
Died December 14, 1897(1897-12-14) (aged 69)
Abrams Village, PEI
Political party Conservative
Children Aubin-Edmond Arsenault
Joseph-Félix Arsenault

Joseph-Octave Arsenault (August 5, 1828 – December 14, 1897) was a Canadian politician who was the first Acadian from Prince Edward Island to be named to the Canadian Senate.

Born in Cascumpec, Prince Edward Island, the son of Mélème Arsenault and Bibienne Poirier, he was a teacher, and later the owner of several businesses, including two general stores and a fish company. In 1867, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for the riding of 3rd Prince and served for 28 years. In 1895, he was appointed to the Senate representing the senatorial division of Prince Edward Island. He served until his death in Abram-Village in 1897.

In 1861, he married Gertrude Gaudet. They had nine children. His son Aubin-Edmond Arsenault was Premier of Prince Edward Island and his son Joseph-Félix Arsenault served in the provincial assembly.

Arsenault played an important role in organizing the first two Acadian national conventions which were held in Memramcook, New Brunswick in 1881 and Miscouche, Prince Edward Island in 1884.

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