PB1-19 | Joseph-Octave Arsenault

Joseph-Octave Arsenault
About 1880, 19th century
12 x 17 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Born in Cascumpèque, Prince Edward Island, Joseph-Octave Arsenault was a pioneer of the Acadian Renaissance.

After completing his education, he became a teacher, and then, using his entrepreneurial talents, the owner of several businesses, including two general stores and a fish company.

In 1857, Joseph-Octave Arsenault launched into politics. He sat in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island and, some years later, in the Canadian Senate.

Joseph-Octave Arsenault was a tireless promoter of the advancement of the Acadian people. Among other causes, he fought for the survival of French-language education. During the First National Convention, he acted as vice-president and, in 1884, founded a chapter of the Société l'Assomption in his local parish.

  • What

    This photograph of Joseph-Octave Arsenault is part of the collection of the Centre d'études acadiennes at the Université de Moncton.

  • Where

    Joseph-Octave Arsenault was among the 40 or so Acadian delegates to attend the convention of the St. Jean Baptiste Society in Quebec in 1880.

  • When

    Joseph-Octave Arsenault was a member of the Senate of Canada from 1895 until his death in 1897.

  • Who

    Joseph-Octave Arsenault left teaching to launch a business career. He became well known as a seller of farm implements.