Charles Ramsay Devlin

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Charles Ramsay Devlin
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ottawa (County of)
In office
Preceded by Alonzo Wright
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1892
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wright
In office
Preceded by Alonzo Wright
Succeeded by Louis Napoléon Champagne
Member of the UK Parliament
for Galway
In office
Preceded by Arthur Alfred Lynch
Succeeded by Stephen Gwynn
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Nicolet
In office
Preceded by Rodolphe Lemieux
Succeeded by Gustave-Adolphe-Narcisse Turcotte
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Nicolet
In office
Preceded by Alfred Marchildon
Succeeded by Arthur Trahan
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Témiscamingue
In office
Preceded by Riding created
Succeeded by Télesphore Simard
Personal details
Born (1858-10-29)29 October 1858
Aylmer, Canada East
Died 1 March 1914(1914-03-01) (aged 55)
Aylmer, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Other political
Irish Parliamentary Party
Quebec Liberal Party
Relations Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin, brother, Bernard Devlin, QC, MP, uncle

Charles Ramsay Devlin (29 October 1858 – 1 March 1914) was a Canadian politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons, in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, and an Irish MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


Born in Aylmer, Lower Canada, the son of Charles Devlin and Ellen Roney, his father was a merchant from Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland. After attending the Petit Séminaire de Montréal from 1871 to 1877, he studied at the Université Laval in the faculty of arts from 1879 to 1881 but did not graduate. It is uncertain what his profession was before being elected as the Liberal candidate in 1891 to the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Ottawa (County of) with the help of his friend Henri Bourassa. He was re-elected in 1896 for the riding of Wright. He resigned in 1897 and was appointed Canada’s first trade commissioner in Ireland and served until 1902.

In 1902, against the advice of Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Devlin was elected by acclamation to the British House of Commons as the Irish Parliamentary Party candidate for Galway Borough. From 1903 to 1906, he was secretary general of the United Irish League. After being returned in the January 1906 general election he resigned later that year to return to Canada and was elected to the Canadian House of Commons from the riding of Nicolet. He resigned in 1907, after being appointed minister of colonization, mines, and fisheries in the cabinet of Quebec Premier Lomer Gouin. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in a 1907 by-election in the riding of Nicolet and was re-elected in 1908 and 1912. He served until his death in 1914.

He was awarded honorary degrees from the Université Laval in 1908 and the University of Ottawa in 1910. His brother, Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin was also a member of the Canadian House of Commons.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Lynch
Member of Parliament for Galway Borough
Succeeded by
Stephen Gwynn