|Lieutenant Governor of the North-West Territories|
1 July 1888 – 31 October 1893
|Preceded by||Edgar Dewdney|
|Succeeded by||Charles Herbert Mackintosh|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Joseph Dubuc|
|Succeeded by||Alphonse Alfred Clément Larivière|
|1st Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba|
|Succeeded by||Curtis James Bird|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for St. Francis Xavier West|
7 May 1837|
Repentigny, Lower Canada
|Died||23 August 1902
Minister of Public Works
Early life and career
Royal studied at St. Mary's Jesuit college in Montreal. His early publishing career included a term as editor of Montreal's Minerve from 1857 to 1859. He then founded and published other Montreal-based publications such as L'Ordre (1859-1860), La Revue Canadienne (1864) and Le Nouveau Monde (1867, editor-in-chief). Soon after moving to Manitoba, Royal founded Le Metis and operated that publication from 1871 to 1882 after which its new owner changed its title to Le Manitoba.
In the 1870 Manitoba provincial elections, he was acclaimed to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for the riding St François Xavier West, and in 1871 he was unanimously chosen speaker. From 1874 to 1876, he was the Provincial Secretary and Minister of Public Works. From 1876 to 1878, he was the Attorney General. In 1878, he was the Minister of Public Works.
Royal was appointed to, and served as a member on the Temporary North-West Council, the first legislature of the Northwest Territories from 1872 to 1876. He would later serve as the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories from 1888 to 1893.
In December 1894, Royal returned to La Minerve where he became editor-in-chief. After publishing other books, he died in Montreal in 1902.
- Vie Politique de Sir Louis H Lafontaine (1864)
- La Vallée de la Mantawa (Montreal, 1869)
- Le Canada, république ou colonie? (Montreal, 1894)
- Histoire du Canada 1841 à 1867 (Montreal, 1909) - published after death
- Gemmill, J. A. (1889). Canadian Parliamentary Companion. J Durie and Son.
- "Joseph Royal (1837-1902)". Manitoba Historical Society. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
- "Joseph Royal". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
- Joseph Royal – Parliament of Canada biography