Alphonse Desjardins (politician)
|22nd Mayor of Montreal|
|Preceded by||James McShane|
|Succeeded by||Joseph-Octave Villeneuve|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Preceded by||Louis Beaubien|
|Succeeded by||Séverin Lachapelle|
|Senator for De Lorimier, Quebec|
|Appointed by||John Abbott|
|Preceded by||Alexandre Lacoste|
|Succeeded by||François Béchard|
|Minister of Militia and Defence|
15 January 1896 – 27 April 1896
|Prime Minister||Mackenzie Bowell|
|Preceded by||Mackenzie Bowell|
|Succeeded by||David Tisdale|
|Born||6 May 1841|
Terrebonne, Province of Canada
|Died||4 June 1912 (aged 71)|
Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada
|Profession||businessman, journalist, lawyer|
Alphonse Desjardins, PC (6 May 1841 – 4 June 1912) was born in Terrebonne, Quebec and was mayor of Montreal from 1893 to 1894 and later a Canadian cabinet minister. He married Virginie Paré in 1864 and remarried Hortense Barsalou in 1880.
He was a lawyer, journalist, businessman and politician. He owned a tile factory and participated in the founding of the Banque Jacques-Cartier, which later became part of the National Bank of Canada. He represented the riding of Hochelaga in the House of Commons for 18 years, serving as a cabinet minister and Minister of Militia and Defence for a few months at the end of the Mackenzie Bowell government and then the short-lived Tupper government in 1896. He was named a senator in 1892. He became mayor of Montreal from 1893–1894. For a time he held all three posts (member of the House of Commons, Senator, mayor) simultaneously.
In 1872, he was created a Knight of the Order of Pius IX in acknowledgment of his services to the Catholic Church.
- Alphonse Desjardins – Parliament of Canada biography
- "Alphonse Desjardins". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Gaétan Frigon: Alphonse Desjardins, lawyer, banker and politician, section in: Prudent Beaudry and other pioneering Quebec businessmen, in Legacy. How french Canadians shaped North America. McClelland & Stewart, Toronto 2016; repr. 2019 ISBN 0771072392 p 74 sqq (in French: Bâtisseurs d'Amérique: Des canadiens français qui ont faite de l'histoire. Dir. André Pratte, Jonathan Kay. La Presse, Montréal 2016)
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