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DiedFebruary 17, 1919, Ottawa, Canada
SpouseZoé Laurier
FactPictured on a 5¢ Canadian postage stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, issued 29 June 1927.

Wilfrid Laurier was born on November 20, 1841, in Saint-Lin, Canada East. His parents were of Scottish and French-Canadian descent. Laurier was the seventh of eleven children. He was educated at the local village school and at the age of sixteen he entered the Collège de L’Assomption, where he studied classics and philosophy. In 1862, he articled with a law firm in Arthabaska and was called to the bar in 1864.

Laurier’s early years in politics were marked by a struggle against the forces of conservatism led by Sir John A. Macdonald. Laurier was first elected to the House of Commons in 1874 as a Liberal member for the riding of Drummond-Arthabaska. He became leader of the Liberal Party in 1887.

Laurier was Prime Minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911. He is considered one of the most successful Canadian Prime Ministers, having presided over a period of economic growth and expansion. Laurier’s government also passed a number of important social reforms, including the introduction of old age pensions and the creation of the Canadian Navy.

Laurier was also a strong advocate of Canadian autonomy within the British Empire. He worked to expand Canadian trade and commerce, and to build up the country’s infrastructure. He also negotiated a number of important treaties, including the reciprocity agreement with the United States, which increased trade between the two countries.

Laurier retired from politics in 1911 and died in 1919. His legacy continues to be felt in Canada today. He is remembered as a great statesman and an effective leader.

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Full NameWilfrid Laurier
DiedFebruary 17, 1919, Ottawa, Canada
ProfessionLawyer, Politician


SpouseZoé Laurier
ParentsCarolus Laurier, Marie Marcelle Martineau, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Dunkirk, Annabelle: Creation, The Emoji Movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Logan Lucky, The Glass Castle, Despicable Me 3, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, The Dark Tower, Girls Trip, Wonder Woman, Atomic Blonde, War for the Planet of the Apes, The Big Sick, The Trip to Spain, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Lady Macbeth, The Room, It, American Assassin, Home Again, mother!, Wind River, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Baby Driver, All Saints, Long Time Running, Viceroy's House, Tulip Fever, Gone With the Wind, Ingrid Goes West, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, David Gilmour: Live At Pompeii, Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Release, Westworld, Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It, Deconstructing The Beatles' Rubber Soul, All the Rage, Casablanca, Serenity, The Five Deadly Venoms

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1The 20th century belongs to Canada.


1His Ottawa home, Laurier House, was left to his wife Lady Zoe Laurier. When she died in 1921, she bequethed it to Liberal Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie King, Laurier's protege and future Prime Minister. Today, Laurier house is a popular tourist attraction in Ottawa.
2Pictured on a 5¢ Canadian postage stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, issued 29 June 1927.
3Prime minister of Canada, 11 July 1896 - 6 October 1911.
4Pictured on the Canadian 5 dollar bill.
5His funeral in 1919 was among the first Canadian public events to be captured on film.



Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the New South Wales Lancers1897ShortHimself

Archive Footage

The Greatest Canadian2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Canada: A People's History2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Defence of Canada1985TV Mini-SeriesHimself (during Boer War) (uncredited)
The Hecklers1975DocumentaryHimself - Makes Speech (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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