Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau

Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau
1st Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
July 1, 1867  February 11, 1873
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Viscount Monck
The Lord Lisgar
The Earl of Dufferin
Premier Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau
Preceded by Office created in 1867
Succeeded by René-Édouard Caron
Senator for Stadacona, Quebec
In office
November 23, 1867  November 23, 18671
Appointed by Royal Proclamation
Succeeded by Joseph Édouard Cauchon
Mayor of Quebec City
In office
Preceded by George Okill Stuart, Jr.
Succeeded by Ulric-Joseph Tessier
Personal details
Born (1808-10-20)October 20, 1808
Sainte-Foy, Lower Canada
Died September 14, 1894(1894-09-14) (aged 85)
Political party Conservative
1Appointment declined. Appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, July 1, 1867.

Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau, KCMG QC (October 20, 1808 September 14, 1894) was a Canadian politician, lawyer and businessman. Belleau was the first post-Confederation vice-regal and first francophone to assume the post.

He was born in Quebec City in 1808. He studied at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and went on to article in law, receiving his license to practice in 1832. In 1835, he married Marie-Reine-Josephte, the daughter of Quebec merchant Louis Gauvreau. In 1848, he ran unsuccessfully as a Reformer in Portneuf. In the same year, he was elected to the city council for Quebec and served as mayor from 1850 to 1853. During his term as mayor, a system providing drinking water was installed in the city. He served on the board of the Quebec Bank, later merged with the Royal Bank of Canada, from 1848 to 1893.

In 1852, he was appointed to the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1854. In 1857, he was named speaker of the Legislative Council and so became a member of the Executive Council. He was knighted in 1860. He became premier for Canada East and receiver general in 1865 on the death of Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché and served in that role until Confederation. He was nominated for a seat in the Senate of Canada in 1867 but withdrew when he was named the first Lieutenant Governor of Quebec in July of the same year. He refused a seat in the Senate when he retired from this post in 1873. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1879.

He died at Quebec City in 1894.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Étienne-Paschal Taché
Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada - Canada East
Succeeded by
Sir John Alexander Macdonald as Prime Minister of Canada and Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau as Premier of Quebec

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