Fitzpatrick, Sir Charles National Historic Person

Québec, Quebec
Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick (© Expired)
Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick
(© Expired)
Address : Québec, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1973-11-15
Life Date: 1851 to 1942

Other Name(s):
  • Fitzpatrick, Sir Charles  (Designation Name)

Importance: Chief Justice of Canada, Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec (1918-23); chief counsel for Louis Riel, 1885


Existing plaque: University of Laval Québec, Quebec

Sir Charles Fitzpatrick's eminent career as a jurist and statesman included an outstanding contribution to Université Laval, where he held the chair of Criminal Law for nearly thirty years. He represented the county of Quebec in the Legislative Assembly (1890-1896), and in the House of Commons (1896-1906), serving Sir Wilfrid Laurier as solicitor-general and minister of justice. In 1906, Fitzpatrick became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and in 1908 he was appointed to the imperial Privy Council. Knighted in 1907, this distinguished Canadian was also lieutenant-governor of Quebec from 1918 to 1923.