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CAUCHON, Joseph Edward, Canadian author, born in St. Rochs, Quebec, 31 December, 1816; died in Whitewood, Northwest territory, 23 February, 1885. His ancestor was a member of the "Conseil Superieur," who came to Canada in 1636, and whose son was a judge of the "Cour Royale," at the Isle of Orleans. Joseph was educated at the seminary of his native City, and admitted to the bar, but never practised. He edited "Le Canadien" from 1841 till 1842, and in the latter year founded " Le Journal de Quebec," which he has conducted ever since. He was elected for the county of Montmorency to the Canadian assembly in 1844, and represented that constituency until the union in 1867. In 1851 he was offered a seat in the cabinet, but declined, and in 1852 his attempt to organize a French-Canadian opposition failed. He was a member of the executive council and commissioner of crown lands, Canada, from January, 185,5, till April, 1857, in the MacNab-Tache administration, and under his signature a report was published about the time of his appointment attacking the monopoly of the Hudson's bay company. He was commissioner of public works in the Cartier-Macdonald administration from June, 1861, till May, 1862. In 1867 he was called upon to form a government for theprovince of Quebec, a duty that he failed to accomplish, and the same year resigned his seat in the assembly on being called to the senate, of which body he was speaker from November, 1867, till July 1872, when he resigned to re-enter the House of Commons. He became a member of the privy council of Canada, and was president of that body from 7 December, 1875, till 8 June, 1877, when he was appointed minister of inland revenue, an office which he held until his appointment as lieutenant governor of Manitoba, on 8 October, 1877. His published works are" " Notions elementaires de physique" (Quebec, 1841): "Etudes sur l'union projectie des provinces de Britannique de l'Am6rique du Nord" (1858); and " L'union des provinces de l'Amerique Britannique du Nord " (1865).
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