Fitzpatrick, Sir Charles National Historic Person
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Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1851 to 1942
Fitzpatrick, Sir Charles
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, solicitor-general and minister of justice.
Existing plaque: Laval University, 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.