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FOURNIER, Telesphore, Canadian jurist, born in St. Francois, Riviere du Sud, Montmagne, Quebec, in 1823. He was educated at Nicolet College, and called to the bar of Lower Canada in 1846. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1863, has been "batonnier" of the Quebec bar and president of the general council of the bar of the province of Quebec. He was elected to the Canadian parliament for the County of Bellechasse in August 1870, and represented this constituency till his elevation to the bench. He became minister of Inland Revenue in November 1873, and retained this portfolio till July 1874, when he was appointed minister of justice, which place he held until transferred to the post office department in May 1875. While he was minister of justice he introduced and carried through parliament the Supreme Court act and the insolvency act in 1875. He also held a seat in the Quebec assembly, and represented Montmagne in it from general election in 1871 until November 1873, when he resigned. In October 1875, he was appointed puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, an office that he now (1887) holds.
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