Viger was born in Montreal to Denis Viger and Périne-Charles Cherrier. His father had represented Montreal East district in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada from 1796 to 1800. In 1808, he married the 30-year-old daughter of Pierre Foretier, Marie-Amable Foretier. They had one child who died in 1814.
Prominent in the Patriote movement and denounced as the owner of seditious newspapers, Viger was imprisoned in 1838 when martial law was imposed in Lower Canada; refusing to post bail in protest of the repressive martial law and demanding a regular trial, he was not released until May 1840.
In 1841, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the United Canadas representing Richelieu. From December 12, 1843 to June 17, 1846 he was one of the Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada. He was elected in a by-election to represent Trois-Rivières in 1845 but resigned in 1847. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1848 but lost his seat due to non-attendance in 1858. Viger died in Montreal in 1861.
Sir Dominick Daly as Joint Premier of the Provinces of Canada
|Premier of Canada East
with Sir Denis-Benjamin Papineau
- "Denis-Benjamin Viger". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005. External link in
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Ancestors of Denis-Benjamin Viger (french)
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