Charles-Séraphin Rodier (mayor)

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Charles-Séraphin Rodier
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10th Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded by Henry Starnes
Succeeded by Jean-Louis Beaudry
Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for De Lorimier
In office
Succeeded by Joseph-Gaspard Laviolette
Personal details
Born 4 October 1797
Montreal, Lower Canada
Died 4 February 1876(1876-02-04) (aged 78)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Profession lawyer, merchant, philanthropist

Charles-Séraphin Rodier (4 October 1797 – 4 February 1876) was a Canadian merchant, lawyer, mayor of Montreal and legislative councillor of Quebec.

Born in Montreal, Lower Canada, the son of Jean-Baptiste Rodier and Julie-Catherine Le Jeune, Rodier was a merchant who ran a dry goods shop in Montreal. He was the first merchant in Montreal to import goods from Great Britain and France. He retired in 1836.

He decided to become a lawyer and studied law with Samuel Cornwallis Monk and Alexander Buchanan. He was admitted to the bar in 1841 but did not practice law. He was also a director of the Banque Jacques Cartier.

He was a member of the Montreal City Council from 1833 to 1836. In 1837, he was appointed one of the justices of the peace to administer the city. In 1840, he was appointed a member of the City Council and served until 1843. From 1840 to 1850, he was a harbour commissioner. He was elected mayor of Montreal in 1858 and was re-elected in 1859, 1860, and 1861. He was defeated in 1862 by Jean-Louis Beaudry. While he was mayor the Victoria Bridge was completed in 1859. In 1867, he was appointed Legislative Council of Quebec for the division of De Lorimier. He served until his death in 1876.

He was also involved with the militia during his life. He was commissioned ensign and acting as quartermaster of the Montreal 2nd Battalion in 1821. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1828, Captain in 1831, Major in 1847, and Lieutenant-Colonel of the 7th Montreal Battalion in 1862.

His nephew, Charles-Séraphin Rodier, was a member of the Senate of Canada.

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