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Compton in Coaticook MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

Louis Stephen St-Laurent

1882 - 1973

 
 
Louis Stephen St-Laurent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 29, 2011
1. Louis Stephen St-Laurent Marker
Inscription. Né à Compton, reçu avocat en 1905, St-Laurent fut a maintes reprises conseiller de grandes compagnies et représenta le gouvernement federal devant le Conseil Prive de Londres. Ministre de la justice (1941-1946), secrétaire d’état aux affaires extérieures (1946-1948), premier ministre du Canada (1948-1957), il prêcha l’unité nationale et joua un rôle capital dans l’évolution constitutionnelle et judiciaire du pays. Architecte d’un nouveau Commonwealth, signataire de Charte des Nations Unies et promoteur de l’OTAN, il inscrivit le Canada sur la carte politique mondiale. Il mourut à Québec.

St-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 a promoter of NATO. He died in Québec City.
 
Erected 1981 by Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada / Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location.
Louis Stephen St-Laurent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 29, 2011
2. Louis Stephen St-Laurent Marker
In front of the general store owned by his father, where he grew up (now a National Historic Site of Canada)
45° 14.524′ N, 71° 49.58′ W. Marker is in Compton, Quebec, in Coaticook MRC. Marker is on Louis-S-St-Laurent Street (Quebec Route 147) 0.1 kilometers south of Hatley Road (Quebec Route 208), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Site of Canada. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6790 Louis-S-St-Laurent Street, Compton, Quebec J0B 1L0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. École HYATT School (approx. 7.9 kilometers away); Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt (approx. 19 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. The Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada, which is located in Compton, in the Eastern Townships, some 20 km from Sherbrooke, is a living reminder of the life and work of the former Prime Minister of Canada. The rural atmosphere of the village, the charming house in which Louis St. Laurent was born, the once bustling general store: all take us back to another epoch in which we can savour the enchantment of the lifestyle of a different time, while learning about this great man, marked out by destiny.
 
Also see . . .
1. Louis Stephen St-Laurent National Historic Site.
Louis Stephen St-Laurent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 29, 2011
3. Louis Stephen St-Laurent Marker
Marker can be seen on the left
(Submitted on August 4, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
2. Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada. Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada was designated because:
- the property commemorates Louis S. St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada;
- the property commemorates the social history of the Eastern Townships.
(Submitted on April 17, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

3. Biography – St-Laurent, Louis-Stephen – Dictionary of Canadian Biography. St-Laurent's time as prime minister passed from public consciousness, remembered if at all as a comfortable era of placid prosperity. (Submitted on April 20, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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