65.4.4 | Amand Landry

Amand Landry
J. F. Fradley & Company
1857, 19th century
22.6 x 14.5 cm
Gift from Rose (Boudreau) Landry
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

Amand Landry was born on December 8, 1805, in Memramcook, NB, where he attended public elementary school.

In 1846 he entered politics under the Liberal banner and was elected to the New Brunswick legislative assembly. This made him the province's first Acadian MLA. Landry lost his seat in 1850, but regained it in a by-election three years later. He was re-elected again in 1854, 1856 and 1861, although defeated in 1857. He left active politics in 1870.

Over the course of his political career, Amand Landry's self-appointed mission was to give voice to the interests of the Acadian people. In 1847, then again in 1868, he opposed the construction of a railway between St. Andrews and Woodstock, in a largely English-speaking part of the province, arguing that the railway would be useless to Acadians. He also opposed Confederation, fearing that it would endanger the identity of the Acadian people.

  • What

    This ewer was presented to Amand Landry, MLA for Westmorland, NB, by the Conservative members of the legislative assembly, "as a token of their respect for his conduct, constant and patriotic, as a member of the assembly in the last crisis" [translation], that is, through a series of hot debates over public finances.

  • Where

    The inscription is engraved just below the spout. The ewer is also decorated with floral and geometric designs.

  • When

    The ewer was presented to Amand Landry in April 1857 by the Conservative members of the New Brunswick government.

  • Who

    Amand Landry was the first important Acadian politician in New Brunswick.