Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier

Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier, lawyer, magistrate, man of letters, orator, professor, administrator (b at St-Placide, LC 8 May 1839; d at Saint-Irénée-les-Bains, Qué 27 June 1920). He studied law at U Laval and was admitted to the bar in 1861. He became a justice of the Superior Court (first in Saguenay district and then in Québec), and in 1904 was named chief justice of the Superior Court. Author of the French words to the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada," he also penned a great many literary works with emphasis on art, law, religion, nationalism and travel. He was the general president of the St-Jean-Baptiste Society and a founding member and president of the Royal Society of Canada.