Onésiphore Turgeon

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The Hon.

Onésiphore Turgeon
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Senator for Gloucester, New Brunswick
In office
October 27, 1922 – November 18, 1944
Appointed byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Gloucester
In office
Preceded byThéotime Blanchard
Succeeded byJean George Robichaud
Personal details
Born(1849-09-06)September 6, 1849
Lévis, Canada East
DiedNovember 18, 1944(1944-11-18) (aged 95)
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Political partyLiberal
ChildrenJames Gray Turgeon
William Ferdinand Alphonse Turgeon

Onésiphore Turgeon (September 6, 1849 – November 18, 1944) was a Canadian parliamentarian.[1]

Born in Lévis, Canada East, the son of Simon Turgeon and Pélagie Paradis, he was educated at the Séminaire of Quebec and the Université Laval. Turgeon was a journalist in Bathurst, New Brunswick and was editor for Le Courrier des Provinces Maritimes.[2] He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the New Brunswick riding of Gloucester in the 1900 election. A Liberal, he would be re-elected in each following election up to and including the 1921 election. He was summoned to the Senate of Canada in 1922 representing the senatorial division of Gloucester, New Brunswick on the advice of William Lyon Mackenzie King. He served in Parliament (both the Commons and the Senate) for 44 years until his death[1] in Bathurst at the age of 95 in 1944.[2]

Turgeon was married twice: to Margaret Eulalia Baldwin in 1876 and to Mary Loretta Meahan in 1905.[2]

His son James Gray Turgeon also served as Member of the House of Commons and the Canadian Senate for many years.[1] His other son, William Ferdinand Alphonse Turgeon, was a Saskatchewan politician and judge.[3]

He was author of Un tribut à la race acadienne. Mémoires, 1871-1927, published in Montreal in 1928.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Onésiphore Turgeon – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  3. ^ "William Ferdinand Alphonse Turgeon". The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.