|12th Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons|
January 20, 1909 – November 14, 1911
|Governor General||The Earl Grey
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
|Prime Minister||Sir Wilfrid Laurier|
|Preceded by||Robert Franklin Sutherland|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Simpson Sproule|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Jean-François Guité|
|Succeeded by||Pierre-Émile Côté|
July 1, 1860|
Saint-Scholastique, Canada East
|Died||January 29, 1937
Westboro, Ottawa, Ontario
He was first elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) in the 1900 election and represented the riding of Bonaventure Quebec in the Gaspé Peninsula without interruption until his death in 1937.
He worked hard to obtain projects for his community including the construction of bridges, lighthouses and the establishment of a ferry service.
He was a popular Speaker and might have continued through a second Parliament had the Liberals not been defeated in the 1911 election. He returned to the backbenches, and concurrently was elected to sit on Montreal's city council as an alderman in 1918 while remaining an MP.
Charles Marcil was not the only member of his family to be involved in politics. In the late 19th Century, his uncle Doctor David Marsil was mayor of Saint-Eustache, Quebec from 1871 to 1875 and appointed to the Legislative Council of Quebec in 1888. Charles Marcil's brother Georges was the last mayor of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, before the city was annexed to Montreal in 1910. Georges' granddaughter Susie Marcil was married to Daniel Johnson, Premier of Quebec in 1994.
Another notable relative was Charles Marcil's maternal uncle, Edward P. Doherty, an American Civil War officer who formed and led the detachment of soldiers that captured and killed John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of United States President Abraham Lincoln.