Pascal Poirier

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The Hon.
Pascal Poirier
Senator for L'Acadie, New Brunswick
In office
March 9, 1885 – September 25, 1933
Personal details
Born (1852-02-15)February 15, 1852
Shediac, New Brunswick
Died September 25, 1933(1933-09-25) (aged 81)
Political party Liberal-Conservative

Pascal Poirier (February 15, 1852 – September 25, 1933) was a Canadian author, lawyer, and the all-time longest-serving Senator.

Born in Shediac, New Brunswick, he wrote books on Acadian history and language. The Pascal Poirier House (c. 1820–30) was designated a Provincial Historic Site under the Historic Sites Protection Act.[1] The home he was born in has been preserved as a museum and as an important and rare example of early-19th-century Acadian residential construction.[2] The 1 12-storey gabled house, which features a hand-hewn structure, is believed to be the oldest building in Shediac.

After finishing school at the College Saint-Joseph in Memramcook during 1872, Poirier was appointed Postmaster of the Dominion Parliament. He held that position until he was appointed to the Senate thirteen years later.[1]

Poirier was the first Acadian appointed to the Senate. He was appointed in 1885 and served for 48 years, 6 months, and 17 days until his death in 1933. As the Constitution of Canada requires new senators to be at least 30 years old and (since 1965) to leave the Senate when they reach 75, Poirier's record can never be exceeded unless the constitution is amended again to allow it.

He was honored as a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by France in 1902.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • "Le Glossaire acadien"


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