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CHAPAIS, Jean Charles, Canadian statesman, born in Riviere Ouelle, Canada East, about 1825. He was educated at Nicolet College, is a merchant, and was a member of the executive council and commissioner of public works in Canada from March, 1864, until the union in 1867. He was sworn of the privy council, 1 July, 1867, and was minister of agriculture from that date until 16 November, 1870, when he became receiver-general, which office he resigned in 1873. He has been a government director of the Grand Trunk railway, and represented several constituencies in the legislature of Quebec. He is a conservative, and was called to the senate on 13 January, 1868.
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