Fauteux, Aegidius

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Fauteux, Aegidius

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1876-1941

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Aegidius Fauteux was born September 27, 1876 in Sainte-Cunégonde, Montreal, Quebec. He studied at the Collège de Montréal and his theological studies at the Grand Seminaire de Montréal. He studied at the Faculty of Law at Laval University in Montreal. He was admitted to the Bar in July 1903, but never pleaded. While at Laval University he won the French Literature Contest in 1900, 1901, and 1902. In 1902, he founded the newspaper "Le Rappel", the youth organization of the Conservative Party, which he continued to publish until In 1905. He became a parliamentary correspondent for "La Patrie" newspaper in Quebec City. From 1909 to 1912, he was editor in the newspaper "La Presse". In 1912, he accepted the position of librarian at the Saint-Sulpice Library.
He received the Violet Officer Ribbon of the French Academy in 1930 and received the Lorne Pierce Medal for History. When the Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice closed in 1931, his services were retained at the Bibliothèque municipale de Montréal. In 1936, the University of Montreal awarded him an honorary doctorate of arts. He was co-founder and director of the School of Librarianship at the University of Montreal in 1937. The same year, he received the Tyrrell Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 1941, the Montreal Historical Society awarded him the Society's Medal for Best Historical Work of the Year. Aegidius Fauteux was a founding member of the Society of Ten, a member of the Montreal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Canada, the Numismatic and Archeology Society, the La Rosse Philanthropic Association and the Commission Historic sites and monuments of Canada. He died April 22, 1941 in Montreal.

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