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BLANCHET, Joseph Goderick, Canadian statesman, born in St. Pierre, 7 June 1829. He was educated at the Quebec seminary and at; the St. Anne College, and graduated as a physician. In 1863 he raised the 17th battalion of volunteer infantry, and became its Lieutenant-Colonel. He was elected president of the "Cercle de Quebec" in 1871 ; president of the Levis and Kennebec railway in 1872 ; and in 1873 was appointed a member of the Catholic section of the council of public instruction for the province of Quebec. After the St. Albans raid in 1864 he was in command of a battalion on the frontier, and commanded the force on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, Quebec district, during the Fenian raid in 1866, and again in 1870. He was elected to the provincial legislature, and chosen speaker, in which capacity he officiated from the meeting of the first parliament after the union in 1867 until the dissolution of the second parliament in 1875. He was mayor of the town of Levis for six years, and a representative in the Canadian assembly from 1861 till 1874, when he resigned his seat in that body (in consequence of the operation of the act respecting dual representation) in order to remain in the Quebec assembly, to which he had been first elected in 1867 and in which he continued until 1875, when he was defeated. On 23 November 1875, he was returned for Bellechasse, which he represented until 1878, when he was re-elected for Levis. He is a liberal-conservative.
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