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BABY, Francois, Canadian engineer, died 5 August 1864. He did much toward improving the navigation of the lower St. Lawrence by building wharves, providing for a new system of light-houses, and introducing steam tugs. He was a member of the executive and legislative council, and adjutant-general for the province of Quebec.*His grandson, Louis Francois George, Canadian statesman, born in Montreal, 26 August 1834. He is descended from Jacques Baby de Ranville, an officer in the celebrated regiment Carignan Sallieres, which came to Canada in 1662. He was educated at St. Sulpice College, Montreal, and at the College of Joilette; studied law, and was called to the bar of Lower Canada in 1857. He was elected a representative for Joliette in 1872,re-elected in 1874. and again in 1878, and on 28 October of the latter year was sworn of the privy council as minister of inland revenue. He is a conservative in politics.
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