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Born 20 November 1841 St Lin Canada East Education McGill University BCL 1864 Personal Status Married 1868 Zoe Lafontaine 1841-1921 Professional Life Lawyer called to the Bar Canada East in 1864 1866-1867 Editor of Le Defricheur 1869-1878 Ensign Arthabaskaville Infantry 1871-1874 MLA Quebec Died 17 February 1919 Ottawa Ontario Buried Notre Dame Cemetery Ottawa Ontario Party Liberal 1887-1919 Party Leader Constituencies 1874-1877 Drummond-Arthabaska Quebec 1877-1919 Quebec East Quebec Other Ministries 1877-1878 Inland Revenue 1896-1911 President of the Privy Council Political Record Leader of the Opposition 1887-1896 Adoption of the regulations on the Manitoba Schools Question 1896 Creation of the Yukon Territory 1898 Canadian participation in the South African War 1899-1902 Alaska Boundary Dispute 1903 Construction of the second transcontinental railway 1903 Creation of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta 1905 Formation of the Departments of Labour 1900 and External Affairs 1909 Naval Service Bill 1910 Leader of the Opposition 1911-1919 Canada has been modest in its history in my estimation is only commencing It is commencing in this century The nineteenth century of the United States I think we can claim that Canada will fill the twentieth century Sir Wilfrid Laurier January 18 1904 These words so familiar to to Canadians sum up the spirit of optimism which characterized Laurier himself as well as the country during the time he governed His skill as a politician gave him the longest unbroken term of office as prime minister while his charismatic personality endeared him to friend and rival alike and made him a hero to the nation Wilfrid Laurier was born in St Lin Quebec in 1841 the son of a farmer After a few years at the local elementary school Laurier was sent New Glasgow a nearby town to learn English He spent seven
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