Louis-Athanase David (June 24, 1882 – January 26, 1953) 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. He was later a member of the Canadian Senate.
|Senator for Saurel, Quebec|
|Appointed by||William Lyon Mackenzie King|
|Preceded by||Joseph-Marcellin Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Marianna Beauchamp Jodoin|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Terrebonne|
|Preceded by||Jean Prévost|
|Succeeded by||Hermann Barrette|
|Preceded by||Hermann Barrette|
|Succeeded by||Hector-Joseph-Damase Perrier|
June 24, 1882
|Died||January 26, 1953(aged 70)|
David was born in Montreal; He was the son of Laurent-Olivier David, a Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician. He received a law degree from Université Laval and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1905.
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. David directed the Department of Education, and in 1930 he sponsored a controversial bill which would have created a separate Jewish school board in Quebec.
David created the Prix Athanase-David literary prize in 1922. 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.
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.
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. Their son, Paul David, was a cardiologist and later Canadian senator.
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- The Dalhousie Review. Vol. 4. Dalhousie University Press; 1924. p. 150.
- Ira Robinson. A History of Antisemitism in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press; 14 December 2015. ISBN 978-1-77112-167-5. p. 62–.
- Serge Laurin. Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts: un siècle et demi d'histoire. Presses Université Laval; 2002. ISBN 978-2-7637-7914-0. p. 135–.
- Jeffery Vacante. National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec. UBC Press; 15 June 2017. ISBN 978-0-7748-3466-7. p. 84–.
- Madame Athanase David at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- 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–.