From: Saint-Lin–Laurentides, Quebec
Sir Henri Charles Wilfrid Laurier, lawyer, journalist, politician, was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada, in office from 11 July 1896, to 6 October 1911.
- Born in 1841 in Saint-Lin, Canada East (now Saint-Lin–Laurentides, Quebec)
- Died in 1919 in Ottawa.
As leader of the Liberal Party 1887–1919 and prime minister 1896–1911, Laurier was the dominant political figure of his era. Canada’s first francophone prime minister, Laurier is well known for his policies of conciliation, expanding Confederation, and compromise between French and English Canada.
Saint-Lin–Laurentides is a small town in the Montcalm Regional County Municipality of Quebec. Its population was 17,463 (2011).
Wilfrid Laurier’s paternal home is now a National Historic Site of Canada.