|23rd Mayor of Montreal|
|Preceded by||Alphonse Desjardins (politician)|
|Succeeded by||Richard Wilson-Smith|
|Senator for De Salaberry, Quebec|
|Appointed by||Mackenzie Bowell|
|Preceded by||Joseph Tassé|
|Succeeded by||Frédéric Liguori Béique|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Hochelaga|
|Preceded by||Louis Beaubien|
|Succeeded by||Charles Champagne|
|Preceded by||Charles Champagne|
|Succeeded by||Daniel-Jérémie Décarie|
4 March 1836|
Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Lower Canada
|Died||27 June 1901
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Entering business in Montreal, Villeneuve founded a firm of wholesale grocers and spirits merchants. As a businessman and local politician he acquired large commercial interests in Canada.
He was mayor of Saint-Jean-Baptiste from 1866 to 1886 and warden of Hochelaga county from 1866 to 1880. From 1894 to 1896, he was the Mayor of Montreal. He was the Legislative Assembly of Quebec member for Hochelaga from 1886 to 1888 and from 1890 to 1896.
In 1896, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate representing the senatorial division of De Salaberry, Quebec. A Conservative, he served until his death in 1901.
- "Obituary" The Times (London). Monday, 1 July 1901. (36495), p. 11.
- Joseph-Octave Villeneuve – Parliament of Canada biography
- "Joseph-Octave Villeneuve". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
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