II-179026 | Frédéric-Liguori Beïque, Montreal, QC, 1910
Frédéric-Liguori Beïque, Montreal, QC, 1910
Wm. Notman & Son
1910, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
Keys to History
The French-speaking middle-class continued the ascent it had begun in the 1800s. Economic growth provided it, too, with opportunities to become more prosperous and allowed it to enjoy a higher standard of living. Even if some of its members, such as Louis-Joseph Forget and Frédéric-Liguori Béique, attained positions in the higher spheres of Canadian finance, it was chiefly restricted to medium-sized business, focussing primarily on a Montreal or Quebec market. Businessmen such as Oscar Dufresne (1875-1936), Hormisdas Laporte (1850-1934), Trefflé Berthiaume (1848-1915) and G.-N. Ducharme (1851-1929) played major economic and political roles in Montreal and its surrounding area. The number of small neighbourhood merchants increased with the growth of the city and its population.
Béique shows that French Canadians were present in the highest spheres of the Montreal economy. His career testifies to the close ties that existed between law, business and politics.
He lived in a large house he had had built in 1894 on Sherbrooke Street, near Stanley Street, in the heart of Montreal's English upper-class neighbourhood. One of his neighbours was the founder of the Montreal Star, Hugh Graham (1848-1938).
From 1899 to 1905, he was president of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Montreal. He played a major role in a number of SSJB initiatives, including the construction and funding of the Monument National and the establishment of the Caisse nationale d'économie.
Frédéric-Liguori Béique (1845-1933) was a top corporate lawyer. He sat on the boards of a number of companies, including Canadian Pacific and the Banque canadienne nationale. He served as a Liberal senator in Ottawa from 1902.