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LUSIGNAN, Jean Baptiste Alphonse, Canadian lawyer, born in St. Denis, St. Hyacinthe County, Quebec, 27 September, 1843. He was educated at St. Hyacinthe college and at Laval university, Quebec, studied divinity for three years, and subsequently law, and was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada in December, 1868. He became assistant editor of the "Tribune" and of the "Journal de St. Hyacinthe" in 1863, in 1865 assistant editor of "L'Union nationale," and the same year editor-in-chief of "Le Pays," the chief French newspaper of the Liberals of Montreal. In 1874 he became private secretary to Sir Antoine Aime Dorion, and afterward acted in a similar capacity for the minister of inland revenue. He was crown prosecutor at Ayhner, Quebec, in 1878, president of L'Institut Canadian Frangais of Ottawa in 1881, and founded, in the spring of 1885, the St. Lawrence fishing company. He was elected a member of the Royal society of Canada in May, 1885, and was appointed secretary of the French section. He has published "La confSderation couronnement de dix annees de mauvaise administration" (Montreal, 1867); a continuation to Judge Ramsay's " Digest of Reported Cases" in Lower Canada (1872) ; and "Coups d'ceil et coups de plume" (Ottawa, 1884).
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