Physician, Chivalric Order Member
1795 – 1865
Who was Étienne-Paschal Taché?
Born in St. Thomas, Lower Canada, in 1795, the third son of Charles Taché and Geneviève Michon, Taché studied at the Séminaire de Québec until the War of 1812 when he joined the 5th battalion of the incorporated militia as an ensign. He was later promoted to lieutenant and fought in the Chasseurs Canadiens. During the war, he started studying to become a doctor and continued his studies in Philadelphia after the war. He obtained his medical license in 1819 and practiced medicine in Montmagny.
Taché was elected to the new Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1841 as a member from Canada East and held numerous posts in successive administrations, including, for a time, Premier. In 1864, he formed the Great Coalition which was ultimately responsible for Canadian Confederation, and he presided over the Quebec City conference of 1864.
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