St. Laurent, Hon. Louis S. National Historic Person
Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent
© Library and Archives Canada/PA-123988
Principale Street South, Compton, Quebec
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1882 to 1973
Event, Person, Organization:
Louis S. St. Laurent
St. Laurent, Hon. Louis S.
Prime Minister of Canada (1948-57)
Existing plaque: St-Laurent store Principale Street South, Compton, Quebec
Saint-Laurent was born in Compton. Called to the bar in 1905, he acted for many large companies, and represented the federal government before the Privy Council in London. He entered politics as minister of justice in 1941, served as secretary of state for external affairs (1946-48), and was prime minister from 1948 to 1957. A fervent advocate of national unity, he played a key role in the legal and constitutional development of Canada. He was one of the architects of the new Commonwealth, a signer of the United Nations Charter, and promoter of NATO. He died in Québec City.