William Dawson LeSueur
|William Dawson LeSueur|
February 19, 1840|
Quebec City, Quebec
|Died||September 23, 1917
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
|Known for||Civil servant and author|
William Dawson LeSueur (February 19, 1840 – September 23, 1917) was a Canadian civil servant and author.
Born in Quebec City, the son of Peter LeSueur and Barbara Dawson, LeSueur studied Latin and Greek at the High School of Montreal. In 1856, he joined the provincial Post Office Department after moving to Toronto. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1863 from the University of Toronto and studied law for a bit at Osgoode Hall but never graduated. He continued to work as a clerk for the post office eventually becoming chief secretary in 1888. He retired in 1902.
In 1906, he published a biography of Louis de Buade de Frontenac. He then wrote about William Lyon Mackenzie, one of the first truly critical biographies written in Canada. However, Mackenzie’s grandson William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded in not having it published and it wasn't until 1979.
He died in Ottawa in 1917 and is buried in Beechwood Cemetery.
- William Dawson LeSueur, A. B. McKillop (1977). A Critical Spirit: The Thought of William Dawson LeSueur. McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-9802-2.
- Clifford G. Holland (1993). William Dawson LeSueur, 1840-1917, a Canadian man of letters: the sage of Ottawa. Mellen Research University Press.
- "William Dawson LeSueur". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
|Professional and academic associations|
William Frederick King
|President of the Royal Society of Canada
Frank Dawson Adams