68-9-17 | Pierre-Amand Landry

Pierre-Amand Landry
H. C. Martin
About 1890, 19th century
78 x 685 cm
Gift of Eileen Sweeney
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Sir Pierre-Amand Landry, who was born in Memramcook, New Brunswick, in 1846, was one of the most important leaders of the Acadian Renaissance. A great defender of the rights of Acadians, he fought for the right to an education in French, as well as for the co-existence of Anglophones and Francophones.

Pierre-Amand Landry was one of the first students to enrol in St. Joseph's College after it opened in 1864. He became a lawyer in 1870 and, in 1871, was admitted to the bar in New Brunswick, the first Acadian to do so.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Amand Landry, the first Acadian to sit in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Pierre-Amand went into politics and in 1870 was elected to the provincial legislature for the riding of Westmorland.

In 1890 he was appointed a judge, the first Acadian to hold this position, three years later, he became the first Acadian to sit in the Supreme Court of New Brunswick. He was also the only Acadian ever to be made a knight by the British Crown.

Pierre-Amand Landry died in 1916 in Dorchester, New Brunswick.

  • What

    This is a charcoal drawing of Pierre-Amand Landry, the first Acadian admitted to the bar of New Brunswick as well as the first to sit in the Supreme Court of that province.

  • Where

    The drawing was donated to the Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton by the granddaughter of Pierre-Amand Landry, who also lived in Dorchester, New Brunswick.

  • When

    The work dates from the end of the 19th century.

  • Who

    The artist, H. C. Martin, based this work on a photograph.