923.A67a | Memoirs of The Hon. A. E. Arsenault

Memoirs of The Hon. A. E. Arsenault
1900-1999, 20th century
On paper
18 x 9.8 cm
This artefact belongs to: © Centre d'études acadiennes
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Aubin-Edmond Arsenault (1870-1968) was born in Abram Village, Prince Edward Island. He was educated at St. Dunstan's in Charlottetown, then Collège Saint-Joseph in Memramcook, NB. He was the son of Joseph-Octave Arsenault, a member of the Canadian Senate from 1895 to 1897.

Aubin-Edmond Arsenault became premier of Prince Edward Island in 1917, after John Mathieson stepped down. Arsenault was the first Acadian to hold this position, which he kept until the elections of 1919.

Arsenault was always perceived as a progressive. He favoured unrestricted automobile travel on the island's roads and was opposed to prohibition. He was a lawyer from 1900 to 1921, then a provincial Supreme Court justice from 1921 to 1946.

  • What

    The book is dedicated to his wife. It bears the handwritten inscription "My sincere wishes for a Holy and Happy Christmas".

  • Where

    This copy is in the collection of the Centre d'études acadiennes at the Université de Moncton.

  • When

    When Aubin-Edmond Arsenault began writing his memoirs, he did not intend them for publication.

  • Who

    Aubin-Edmond Arsenault, the first Acadian to be a Canadian provincial premier, died in 1968 at the age of 98.