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Louis-Athanase David (June 24, 1882 – January 26, 1953)[1] was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and businessman. He was a cabinet minister in the Provincial Parliament of Quebec, representing the riding of Terrebonne and serving as Provincial Secretary.[2] He was later a member of the Canadian Senate.

Athanase David
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Senator for Saurel, Quebec
In office
Appointed byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded byJoseph-Marcellin Wilson
Succeeded byMarianna Beauchamp Jodoin
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Terrebonne
In office
Preceded byJean Prévost
Succeeded byHermann Barrette
In office
Preceded byHermann Barrette
Succeeded byHector-Joseph-Damase Perrier
Personal details
Louis-Athanase David

(1882-06-24)June 24, 1882
Montreal, Quebec
DiedJanuary 26, 1953(1953-01-26) (aged 70)
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

David was born in Montreal;[3] He was the son of Laurent-Olivier David, a Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician.[4] He received a law degree from Université Laval and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1905.[citation needed]


David began practising law in 1905, and was a partner in the law firm of Elliott & David. He joined the Liberal party, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in 1916 as the Liberal Party member for the Terrebonne riding, serving until 1936.[5] David directed the Department of Education,[6] and in 1930 he sponsored a controversial bill which would have created a separate Jewish school board in Quebec.[7]

David did not run in the 1936 election, but was elected again in 1939.[8]

David created the Prix Athanase-David literary prize in 1922.[2][9] In 1923 was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour by the government of France; he was made an Officer in 1925 and a Commander in 1934.[citation needed]

A sports fan, David was president of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club from 1930 to 1935. The club won three Stanley Cups during his tenure in 1924, 1930, and 1931. In 1928 he partnered with Montreal stockbroker Ernest Savard and American baseball executive George Stallings to revive the Montreal Royals baseball franchise as part of the International League and to build Delorimier Stadium.[citation needed]

David resigned from the provincial government in February 1940 to accept an appointment as Senator in the Parliament of Canada where he served until his death in 1953.[3][8]


David was married to Antonia Nantel (known as Madame Athanase David), who was an arts administrator and patron in Montreal. He helped her in establishing the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1934 and the Montreal Festivals in 1936.[10][11] Their son, Paul David, was a cardiologist and later Canadian senator.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. ^ a b Lyn Harrington. Syllables of Recorded Time: The Story of the Canadian Authors Association 1921–1981. Dundurn; 1 August 1981. ISBN 978-1-4597-1362-8. p. 60–.
  3. ^ a b Joseph Graham. Naming the Laurentians: A History of Place Names 'up North'. Les Editions Main Street Inc; 2005. ISBN 978-0-9739586-0-7. p. 193–.
  4. ^ Embattled Nation: Canada's Wartime Election of 1917. Dundurn; 7 October 2017. ISBN 978-1-4597-3727-3. p. 181–.
  5. ^ Marcel Baril: Figure Énigmatique de L'art Québécois. Presses Université Laval; 2002. ISBN 978-2-7637-7648-4. p. 193–.
  6. ^ The Dalhousie Review. Vol. 4. Dalhousie University Press; 1924. p. 150.
  7. ^ Ira Robinson. A History of Antisemitism in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press; 14 December 2015. ISBN 978-1-77112-167-5. p. 62–.
  8. ^ a b Serge Laurin. Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts: un siècle et demi d'histoire. Presses Université Laval; 2002. ISBN 978-2-7637-7914-0. p. 135–.
  9. ^ Jeffery Vacante. National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec. UBC Press; 15 June 2017. ISBN 978-0-7748-3466-7. p. 84–.
  10. ^ Madame Athanase David at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  11. ^ Paul Helmer. Growing with Canada: The ƒmigrŽ Tradition in Canadian Music. McGill-Queen's Press – MQUP; 22 June 2014. ISBN 978-0-7735-7624-7. p. 95–.

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