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CARON, Rene Edward, Canadian statesman, born in the parish of Ste. Anne CSte de Baupre, Lower Canada, in 1800; died 13 December, 1876. He received his education at the seminary of Quebec, and at the College of St. Pierre, Riviere du Sud, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1826. The following year he was elected mayor of Quebec, retaining that office until 1837. In 1841 he became 530 CARPENDER a member of the legislative council of Lower Canada, and was speaker of this body from 1843 till 1847, and subsequently from 1848 till 1853. In 1841 he began a correspondence with Mr. Draper, then leading the government of Canada, the object being to bring French Canadians into the cabinet. But this project failed, principally through the opposition of M. Lafontaine, who was then regarded as the real chief of the French Canadians. In 1848 he became a member of the Lafontaine-Baldwin administration, and, on becoming judge of the court of queen's bench in 1853, he abandoned political life. On receiving the appointment of commissioner for codifying the laws of Lower Canada in 1857, he temporarily vacated his office of judge, but returned to his judicial duties as soon as his work as a commissioner was completed. In February, 1873, having been appointed lieutenant governor of the province of Quebec, he entered on the duties of that office, which he retained until his death.--His son, Sir Adolphe (JOSEPH PHILLIPPE RENE ADOLPUE), Canadian statesman, born in Quebec in 1843. He was educated at the Quebec seminary, and at Laval and McGill Colleges, Montreal, being graduated born C. L. at McGill in 1865. He was called to the bar of Lower Canada the same year, and appointed queen's counsel in 1879. He entered parliament as a conservative in 1873, was sworn of the privy council, entered the cabinet of Sir John Macdonald as minister of militia, 9 November, 1880, and knighted for his services in this capacity during the northwest rebellion of 1885. Sir Adolphe is a director of the Stadacona bank of Quebec, of the Anticosti company, and of the Coldbrooke rolling-mills company.
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