ST-LAURENT, The Right Hon. Louis Stephen, P.C., C.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.L., LL.D., D.C.L.
Picture of ST-LAURENT, The Right Hon. Louis Stephen, P.C., C.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.L., LL.D., D.C.L.
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Source: Library and Archives Canada, C-010461
Date of Birth ( 1882.02.01
Place of Birth: Compton, Quebec, Canada
Deceased Date ( 1973.07.25 (91 years old)
Profession | Occupation: Lawyer, professor of law
Party Leader:
Federal Political Experience
Years of Service: 5894 Days (16 years, 1 month, 20 days)
^ House of Commons
ConstituencyPolitical Affiliation at ElectionDate of Election (
Quebec East, Quebec Liberal 1957.06.10 Elected
Quebec East, Quebec Liberal 1953.08.10 Elected
Quebec East, Quebec Liberal 1949.06.27 Elected
Quebec East, Quebec Liberal 1945.06.11 Elected
Quebec East, Quebec Liberal 1942.02.09

^ Parliamentary Group
PartyTerm (
Liberal 1941.12.10 - 1958.03.30

^ Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian
Prime Minister of Canada

PortfolioTerm (
Prime Minister 1948.11.15 - 1957.06.20


PortfolioTerm (
President of the Privy Council 1948.11.15 - 1957.04.24
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada 1948.09.10 - 1948.11.14
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (acting) 1948.07.01 - 1948.09.09
Secretary of State for External Affairs 1946.09.04 - 1948.09.09
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada 1941.12.10 - 1946.12.09

Leader of the Official Opposition

PortfolioTerm (
Leader of the Official Opposition 1957.06.21 - 1958.01.15

^ Committees - House of Commons
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^ Political Party Roles
Liberal Party of Canada

RoleTerm (
Leadership Candidate 1948.08.07 - 1948.08.07
Party Leader 1948.08.07 - 1958.01.15
Family Ties in Parliament
RelativeNameDate of BirthDate of Death
Son St-Laurent, Jean-Paul Stephen
1912.04.23 1986.12.22
Selected Publications This bibliography includes books, chapters in books and journal articles written, edited, compiled or translated solely by the parliamentarian or with others.

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^ Sole Author Books

  • Les bases de la politique canadienne dans les affaires internationales.
    [Toronto] : University of Toronto Press; 1947. 45 p

  • The foundations of Canadian policy in world affairs.
    [Toronto] : University of Toronto Press; 1947. 45 p.


  • Canada and the UN.
    Canadian Forum. 28:49-50 June 1948.

^ Other Related Bibliographical Sources

  • Rt. Hon. Louis Stephen St. Laurent = Très hon. Louis Stephen St-Laurent.
    In: Books by Canadian Prime Ministers = Oeuvres de premiers ministres canadiens. Ottawa : Library of Parliament, Information and Documentation Branch = Bibliothèque du Parlement, Direction de l'information et de la documentation; 1975 . p. 3.

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Additional information ^ Biographical information
Marriage (1908.05.19 - 1966.11.14)
  • Renault, Jeanne
    Birth: 1887 (Beauceville, Quebec) Death: 1966.11.14

  • St-Laurent, Marthe
    Birth: 1909

  • St-Laurent, Renault
    Birth: 1910

  • St-Laurent, Jean-Paul Stephen (M.P.)
    Birth: 1912.04.23 (Québec, Quebec) Death: 1986.12.22

  • St-Laurent, Thérèse
    Birth: 1915

  • St-Laurent, Madeleine
    Birth: 1917

Cause of Death: heart failure
Place of Burial: Cemetery of St. Thomas Aquinas, Compton, Quebec, Canada
^ Heritage Information
Plaques, Statues, etc.:
  • Compton, Quebec
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Statue in front of Supreme Court Building
  • Places, Buildings, etc.
    Named After Prime Minister:
  • St-Laurent. Geographic township in Algoma District, N.E. of the town of Cochrane, Ontario. Named after Louis St-Laurent who was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in 1945 and who was to be P.M. of Canada.
  • Louis St-Laurent departmental building, Gatineau, Quebec. On Boulevard de la Carrière.
  • Historic Sites: Louis St. Laurent National Historic Site,
    Compton, Quebec
    (Birthplace and childhood home)
    Additional Information
    on Historic Sites:

    25 km south of Sherbrooke.

    Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Park commemorates the career and childhood of Canada's twelfth prime minister, the Right Honourable Louis S. St-Laurent.

    St-Laurent was born at this homestead in 1882 and began his academic training at the village elementary school in Compton.

    The St-Laurent estate includes the restored original family residence, which was built in 1866. The park's interpretation programme re-creates St-Laurent's legal and political career and his family environment in Compton.

    Mailing address for more information:

    Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Park
    6 Principale Street
    Compton, Quebec J0B 1L0
    (819) 835-5448
    Other Information: First Among Equals -- The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
    (Library and Archives Canada)
    Details of Interest Made member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom Jan. 1, 1946


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