Louis-Rodrigue Masson

Louis-Rodrigue Masson, PC (baptized Louis-François-Roderick Masson) (6 November 1833 8 November 1903) was a Canadian Member of Parliament, Senator, and the fifth Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. He represented Terrebonne in the House of Commons of Canada from 1867 to 1882.

The Hon.

Louis-Rodrigue Masson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Terrebonne
In office
September 20, 1867  June 20, 1882
Succeeded byGuillaume-Alphonse Nantel
Senator for Mille Isles
In office
September 29, 1882  November 6, 1884
Nominated byJohn A. Macdonald
Preceded byLéandre Dumouchel
Succeeded byLouis-Adélard Senécal
In office
February 3, 1890  June 11, 1903
Nominated byJohn A. Macdonald
Preceded byCharles-Séraphin Rodier Jr
Succeeded byLaurent-Olivier David
5th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
October 4, 1884  October 4, 1887
Governor GeneralThe Marquess of Lansdowne
PremierJohn Jones Ross
Louis-Olivier Taillon
Honoré Mercier
Preceded byThéodore Robitaille
Succeeded byAuguste-Réal Angers
Personal details
Born(1833-11-06)6 November 1833
Terrebonne, Lower Canada
Died8 November 1903(1903-11-08) (aged 70)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyConservative
Louise-Rachel McKenzie (m. 1856)

Cecile Burroughs (m. 1883)
RelationsJoseph Masson, father
Alma materGeorgetown College
College of the Holy Cross
Occupationlawyer, militia officer
CabinetMinister of Militia and Defence (1878-1880)
President of the Privy Council (1880)


Masson was born in Terrebonne, Lower Canada, in 1833, the son of Joseph Masson. He studied at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C., and College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He went on to study law with George-Étienne Cartier and was called to the bar in 1859 but decided not to practice law. A Conservative, from 1878 to 1880 he served under Sir John A. Macdonald as Minister of Militia and Defence, and in 1880 he was the President of the Privy Council.

From March to October 1884, he was a member of the Legislative Council of Quebec. From 1884 to 1887, he was the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec. He published Les bourgeois de la compagnie du Nord-Ouest (1889).New International Encyclopedia

He had been named to the Senate for Mille Isles division in 1882; he resigned his seat when he was named Lieutenant-Governor. He was reappointed to the Senate in 1890 and served until June 1903. He died later that year in Montreal, Quebec.

He was the father-in-law of Liberal MP, Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin.

  • Louis-Rodrigue Masson – Parliament of Canada biography
  • "Louis-Rodrigue Masson". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
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