Alfred was the eldest son of François-Xavier Garneau (1809-1866). Alfred was a well-educated young boy, who went to a seminary and was called in 1860. After Seminary School he then studied to become a lawyer. In 1861 he joined the Canadian civil service, and was appointed to Chief French Translator for the Senate of Canada in 1873.
His grandson Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau (1912-1943) was a poet and painter.
Alfred Garneau's works include the Le Foyer Canadien, Histoire du Canada, and Poésies. Alfred worked on these articles as an editor and as an author, some say he had co-written these books, while others say he had others write for him.
- W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. III, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 396p., p. 9.
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