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Lawrence Alexander Wilson (June 14, 1863 – March 3, 1934) was a Quebec business, philanthropic and political figure. He was prominent in the Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec and the Soulanges region.

The Hon.

Lawrence Alexander Wilson
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vaudreuil—Soulanges
In office
Preceded byJoseph-Rodolphe Ouimet
Succeeded byJoseph Thauvette
Senator for Rigaud, Quebec
In office
Appointed byWilliam Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded byGustave Benjamin Boyer
Succeeded byArthur Sauvé
Personal details
Born(1863-06-14)June 14, 1863
Montreal, Quebec
DiedMarch 3, 1934(1934-03-03) (aged 70)
Political partyLiberal

The Wilson family came from Aberdeen, Scotland and settled in Lower Canada in the nineteenth century. Lawrence Alexander Wilson was born in Montreal, Lower Canada. From 1889 to 1921 he built up a business as a wholesale wine and liquor merchant.[1]

In 1906, he founded the Quebec Land Company, a property development firm.[2]

He entered politics in the 1920s and was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1925 federal election as the Liberal MP for Vaudreuil—Soulanges and was re-elected in 1926 federal election. Wilson resigned his seat in February 1929 intending to retire from politics but was persuaded to run in the by-election to succeed himself and was returned to the House of Commons in July 1929.

Wilson was appointed to the Senate of Canada by William Lyon Mackenzie King in June 1930 and died in office four years later.

In 1923, Wilson donated part of his property to the town of Coteau-du-Lac for the creation of a park and $5,000 to construct a pavilion which was named after him.[1]

Wilson's brother-in-law was Quebec legislator Maurice Perrault.[3]


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  2. ^ "Lawrence Alexander Wilson". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  3. ^ "National Assembly biography of Maurice Perrault". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.

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