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MASSON, Louis Francois Roderique, Canadian statesman, born in Terrebonne, Quebec, 7 November, 1833. He was educated at the Jesuit college, Georgetown, D. C., at Worcester, Massachusetts, and at the College of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in November, 1859. He represented Terrebonne in the Canadian parliament from 1867 till 30 September, 1882, when he became a member of the senate. Mr. Masson was minister of militia and defence from October, 1878, till 1880, when he resigned and accepted the portfolio of president of the council, which ill health compelled him to resign in November of the latter year. On the resignation of Joseph A. Mousseau, premier of Quebec, Mr. Masson was requested by the lieutenant-governor to form an administration, but declined. He was appointed lieutenant-governor of Quebec in 1884, and has been mayor of Terrebonne. He has held a commission in the Canadian volunteers since October, 1862, was brigade major, 8th military district of Lower Canada, from 1863 till 1868, and was promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1867. He served on the frontier during the first Fenian raid in March, 1866, and was in active service during the second raid that year.
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