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OUIMET, Gedeon, Canadian statesman, born in Sainte Rose, Quebec; 3 June, 1823. He was educated at St. Hyacinthe and Montreal colleges, admitted to the bar in 1844, and appointed a queen's counsel in 1867. He entered parliament in 1857, became a member of the executive council of his province in 1867, attorney-general in 1867, and premier of Quebec in 1873. He has been superintendent of public instruction since 1876, and was commissioner from Canada to the Colonial and Indian exhibition at London in 1886. He has been batonnier-general of the bar of Quebec, received the decoration of the palms from the Academy of Paris, was named by the French government officier de l'instruction publique in 1878, and was made a knight commander of the order of St. Gregoire le Grand in 1886. He has received the degree of D. C. L. from Laval and Bishop's colleges.
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