Sir Wilfrid Laurier

[Sir Wilfrid Laurier] Statesman, born Saint Lin, Quebec, Canada, 1841; died Ottawa, 1919. He was educated at Assumption College and at McGill University; was admitted to the bar, 1864; entered Parliament, 1871; and became the leader of the Liberal Party, 1891-1911. He was the first French Canadian to become premier of Canada, 1896, and in that capacity took part in settling the Manitoba Question in regard to separate Catholic schools. He was made a Knight of the Grand Cross of Saint Michael and Saint George, 1897, became a member of the imperial privy council, and received from the French Republic the star of a grand officer of the Legion of Honor.

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