Joseph-Mathias Tellier

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Sir Joseph-Mathias Tellier
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Joliette
In office
Preceded byLouis Basinet
Succeeded byErnest Hébert
Leader of the Official Opposition of Quebec
In office
Preceded byPierre-Évariste Leblanc
Succeeded byPhilémon Cousineau
Chief Justice of Quebec
In office
Preceded byPierre-Eugène Lafontaine
Succeeded bySéverin Létourneau
Personal details
Born(1861-01-15)January 15, 1861
Sainte-Mélanie, Canada East
DiedOctober 18, 1952(1952-10-18) (aged 91)
Joliette, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
RelationsLouis Tellier, brother
ChildrenMaurice Tellier

Sir Joseph-Mathias Tellier (January 15, 1861 – October 18, 1952) was born in Sainte-Mélanie, Quebec, Canada.


He was a Quebec Conservative Party leader, but never Premier (his party lost the 1912 election, and Lomer Gouin became Premier of Quebec) . He was in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1892 to 1916, as a Member for the riding of Joliette .

After his studies at Université Laval, he was admitted to the Barreau du Quebec and he practiced law for over 15 years.

He was mayor of Joliette from 1903 to 1910, and, in 1916, he became a Quebec Superior Court judge. He was Chief Justice of Quebec from 1932 to 1942.

He was made a Knight of the Order of Pius IX in 1906. He was Knighted by King George V in 1934.

Sir Joseph-Mathias Tellier is the brother of Louis Tellier, the father of Maurice Tellier, the grandfather of Paul Tellier,[1] and a first cousin of Raymond Tellier, who is the grandfather of Luc-Normand Tellier.

Elections as party leader[edit]

He lost the 1912 election against Sir Lomer Gouin.


  1. ^ Jean Hétu, "La famille Tellier: une grande famille de juristes", Droit Montréal, automne 2014, no 19, p. 22-23.

See also[edit]


  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.

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