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Jeanne St. Laurent (née Renault; October 22, 1886 – November 14, 1966) was the wife of Louis St. Laurent, the 12th Prime Minister of Canada.

Jeanne St. Laurent
Jeanne Renault and Louis St. Laurent.jpg
with her husband on their wedding in 1908
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada
In role
November 15, 1948 – June 21, 1957
Preceded byVacant,
title last held by Isabel Meighen
Succeeded byOlive Diefenbaker
Personal details
Born
Jeanne Renault

(1886-10-22)October 22, 1886
Beauceville, Quebec, Canada[1]
DiedNovember 14, 1966(1966-11-14) (aged 80)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Resting placeSaint Thomas d'Aquin Cemetery, Compton, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Spouse(s)
Louis St. Laurent
(m. 1908; her death 1966)
Children5

BiographyEdit

Renault was born in Beauceville, Quebec.[2] Her parents were Pierre-Ferdinand Renault (1853–1912) and Amanda Montminy (1853–1922). Pierre-Ferdinand Renault was a Beauceville businessman (originally from Ste-Claire-de-Dorchester) and changed his family name from Renaud.

Renault met Louis St. Laurent at a party in Quebec City in 1906 while he was working as a lawyer,[3] and they married in 1908. They had five children together, two sons and three daughters.[2] In 1951, she moved the family permanently to Ottawa, after Louis purchased an official prime-ministerial residence at 24 Sussex Drive. She would tour with her husband, but she refused to fly and never became reconciled to living in Ottawa.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Last rites Wednesday for former PM's wife". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (65th year, No. 25). 15 November 1966. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Schlee, Gary (May 19, 2010). "St. Laurent marries Jeanne Renault". Canadian Prime Ministers.
  3. ^ a b "Biography – ST-LAURENT, LOUIS-STEPHEN – Volume XX (1971-1980) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 2016-10-31.