Henri-Raymond Casgrain

Henri-Raymond Casgrain (December 16, 1831 February 11, 1904) was a French Canadian Roman Catholic priest, author, publisher, and professor of history.

Henri-Raymond Casgrain
Born(1831-12-16)December 16, 1831
DiedFebruary 11, 1904(1904-02-11) (aged 72)
TitlePresident of the Royal Society of Canada
PredecessorSandford Fleming
SuccessorGeorge Monro Grant
RelativesCharles-Eusèbe Casgrain, father


Born in Rivière-Ouelle, Lower Canada, the son Charles-Eusèbe Casgrain and Eliza Anne Baby, Casgrain studied at College of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. In 1852, he enrolled in the Montreal School of Medicine and Surgery, but became a priest in 1856. He started teaching at the College of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière until he was forced to give up teaching because of ill health. In 1859, he was appointed curate of the parish of La Nativité-de-Notre-Dame at Beauport and was free to devote himself entirely to literary pursuits.[1]

In 1877, he was awarded a doctorate of history from the Universite Laval, where he would remain as professor.

He wrote primarily on New France and its personalities, such as Samuel de Champlain, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and his aide-de-camp Francis de Gaston, Chevalier de Levis.

From 1889 to 1890, he was the president of the Royal Society of Canada.

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See also


  1. "Henri-Raymond Casgrain". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.

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