DEAD: Wilfrid Laurier

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Wilfrid Laurier (aged 77)

7th prime minister of Canada

Sir Henri Charles Wilfrid Laurier (20 November 1841 – 17 February 1919) was the seventh prime minister of Canada, in office from 11 July 1896 to 6 October 1911.

DEATH: Laurier died of a stroke on 17 February 1919, while still in office as Leader of the Opposition. Though he had lost a bitter election two years earlier, he was loved nationwide for his “warm smile, his sense of style, and his “sunny ways”.” Some 50,000 people jammed the streets of Ottawa as his funeral procession marched to his final resting place at Notre Dame Cemetery. His remains would eventually be placed in a stone sarcophagus, adorned by sculptures of nine mourning female figures, representing each of the provinces in the union. His wife, Zoé Laurier, died in 1921 and was placed in the same tomb.

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