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PELLETIER, Charles Alphonse Pentaleon, Canadian senator, born in Rivere Ouelle, Quebec, 22 January, 1837. He was educated at St. Anne's college and at Laval university, where he was graduated in law in 1858. He was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada in 1860, appointed Queen's counsel in 1879, and has been syndic of the Quebec bar. He was for several years major of the Voltigeurs de Quebec, and was in command of that battalion during the Fenian raid of 1866. He was elected to the Dominion parliament for Kamouraska in 1869, re-elected in 1872, and again by acclamation in 1874. He represented Quebec East in the Quebec assembly from February, 1873, till January, 1874, when, in consequence of the dual representation act, he resigned from the Quebec assembly to retain his seat in the parliament of Canada, in which he represented Kamouraska till 1877. He was a member of the privy counsel as minister of agriculture from January, 1877, till October, 1878, when he resigned with his colleagues in office. He was called to the senate in 1877. Mr. Pelletier was president of the Canadian commission for the Paris universal exhibition of 1878, and for his services was created a companion of the order of St. Michael and St. George, 29 October, 1878. He is a Liberal in politics.
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