Louis Honoré Mercier
Statesman, born Iberville, Quebec, Canada, 1840; died Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1894.
Of farmer parentage, he was educated at the Jesuit college in Montreal, and prepared for the Bar in the office of a Saint-Hyacinthe legal firm, simultaneously editing a journal.
He served in Federal Parliament (1873) and in the Quebec Assembly (1881).
During his premiership (1887-1892) the Jesuit Estate Bill, by which the Church in Canada and the Society of Jesus received partial indemnity for properties confiscated by the Crown, was passed largely through his instrumentality; in recognition of this service he was knighted by Pope Leo XIII.
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