Joseph-Adolphe CHAPLEAU

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Canadian politician

CanadianBorn Joseph-Adolphe CHAPLEAU

French-Canadian lawyer and politician

Born on November 09, 1840 in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec , Canada

Died on June 13, 1898 in Montreal, Quebec

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As a lawyer, he defended Ambroise-Dydime Lépine against the charge of murdering Thomas Scott during the Red River Rebellion of 1869 – 1870.



He served as Conservative Premier of the Canadian province of Quebec, federal Cabinet minister, and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.

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After the 1878 Quebec election, he was the Leader of the Opposition. He became premier in 1879 after the fall of the minority government of Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière. He won the 1881 election, but resigned on July 29, 1882 to seek election to the federal House of Commons. He won a by-election held on August 16, 1882.



Chapleau planned to quit politics in 1885 when Louis Riel was sentenced to be hanged but decided to stay, fearing it would only inflame the situation. After Riel was hanged, he was attacked by Quebecers who accused him of the death of Riel along with John A. Macdonald.



He served as cabinet minister under prime ministers John A. Macdonald and John Abbott, but declined to serve under John Thompson. He resigned in 1892, and was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Quebec from December 1892 until January 1898. He died in June of that same year in Montreal.



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