CANADA Quebec 1909 Association St-Jean Baptiste de Montreal 75e Anniversary 40mm bronze medal 33.5 grams, engraved by Armand Bargas and manufactured by Caron Freres Charlton #1135-10-2
Obverse: bust of Lafontaine, LAFONTAINE 1807 1864 NOTRE LANGUE. NOS INSTITUTIONS. NOS LOIS / A. BARGAS; CARON FRERES
Reverse: 75E ANNV. 1909 ASSOCIATION ST-JEAN BAPTISTE DE MONTREAL / RENDRE LE PEUPLE MEILLEUR
Sir Louis-Hippolyte Ménard dit La Fontaine, 1st Baronet, KCMG (October 4, 1807 – February 26, 1864) was a Canadian politician who served as the first Premier of the United Province of Canada and the first head of a responsible government in Canada. He was born in Boucherville, Lower Canada in 1807. A jurist and statesman, La Fontaine was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada in 1830. He was a supporter of Papineau and member of the Parti canadien (later the Parti patriote). After the severe consequences of the Rebellions of 1837 against the British authorities, he advocated political reforms within the new Union regime of 1841.
The St Jean de Baptiste Society was created by Ludger Duvernay, a journalist for La Minerve in Lower Canada. It evolved from the Société Aide-toi et le ciel t'aidera ("help yourself and heaven will help you"), which was founded by Duvernay on March 8, 1834. Most notably, it made the 24th of June St. John the Baptist day, the national day of the Quebecers. In 1922, June 24 became a public holiday in Quebec, and since 1977 it has been the national holiday.
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Armand Bargas (1854 - 1941) , was a Parisian born French medal engraver. He studied under Mayeux and Edmond Valton. In 1921 he obtained an honorable mention at the Salon des Artistes Français .