Aubin-Edmond Arsenault

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Aubin-Edmond Arsenault
LL.D. M.A.
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13th Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
21 June 1917 – 9 September 1919
Monarch George V
Lieutenant Governor Augustine C. Macdonald
Murdoch McKinnon
Preceded by John A. Mathieson
Succeeded by John Howatt Bell
Leader of the Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island
In office
21 June 1917 – 1 May 1921
Preceded by John A. Mathieson
Succeeded by James David Stewart
MLA (Assemblyman) for 3rd Prince
In office
11 November 1908 – 1 May 1921
Preceded by Joseph F. H. Arsenault
Succeeded by Adrien Arsenault
Personal details
Born (1870-07-28)28 July 1870
Egmont Bay, Prince County, Prince Edward Island
Died 29 April 1968(1968-04-29) (aged 97)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anita
Bertha Rose Gallant (m. 1907)
Relations Joseph-Octave Arsenault (father)
Children 11
Residence Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Alma mater St. Dunstan's College
Occupation teacher, lawyer, and judge
Profession Politician
Cabinet Minister without Portfolio (1912–1917)
Attorney General (1917–1919)

Aubin-Edmond Arsenault (28 July 1870 – 29 April 1968) was a Prince Edward Island politician. He was the 13th Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1917 to 1919.

Born in Egmont Bay, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Arsenault's family settled on the island in 1729 when it was a French possession called Ile-Saint-Jean. His father, Joseph-Octave Arsenault, was a provincial politician and the first Acadian from PEI to be named to the Canadian Senate. Arsenault was educated at St. Dunstan's College, Charlottetown, and St. Joseph University, New Brunswick. He studied law with McLeod, Morson and McQuarrie in Charlottetown and with Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen in London. He was admitted to the Bar in 1898. Arsenault married Bertha, the daughter of Francis Gallant.

Aubin Arsenault was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in 1908 as a Conservative. In 1912 he became Attorney-General in the government of Premier John A. Mathieson. When Mathieson left politics for a judicial appointment in 1917, Arsenault succeeded him becoming the first Acadian to be premier in any province.

Arsenault's government repealed legislation which restricted automobile travel on the island to specific days and routes. His government also founded the PEI Travel Bureau. His government was defeated in the 1919 election and he served as leader of the opposition until 1921 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. He retired in 1946.


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