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Charles Savary

Death: September 09, 1889 (43)
Ottawa, Ottawa Division, ON, Canada
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Son of Pierre-François-Théodore Savary and Charlotte-Éliane Savary

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About Charles Savary

SAVARY, CHARLES, journalist and public servant; b. 21 Sept. 1845 at Coutances, France, son of Pierre-François-Théodore Savary, substitut du procureur général in the royal court at Caen, and Charlotte-Éliane Quénault; d. 9 Sept. 1889 in Ottawa.

Descended from a family of magistrates and lawyers, Charles Savary attended the Lycée Bonaparte in Paris from 1860 to 1863, graduating as a bachelier; he then studied law in Paris, where he obtained a doctorate in 1866. Savary had early developed an interest in politics and had been elected to the Assemblée nationale, as deputy for La Manche, at the age of 25. He served until 1881, beginning as a moderate royalist and ending as a moderate republican; from 1877 to 1879 he held the post of undersecretary of state to the minister of justice. Savary next devoted his energies to business. He had already participated in a number of financial ventures and in January 1881 had founded the Banque de Lyon et de la Loire, which from its inception made rapid progress. However, as a result of some irregularities, risky credit policies, and a drop in the value of its stock on the Bourse de Lyon, the bank failed in April 1882. Although numerous factors had contributed to its collapse, the bank’s directors were held responsible and were heavily fined in 1884. As president, Savary received a five-year prison sentence and took refuge in Canada, arriving in Quebec City towards the middle of 1884. Read More...

He left his first wife behind, as he had fallen in love with his secretaries wife. They went to Canada.


Death from consumption at Ottawa, Ontario, Monday night ended the tragic career of Charles Joseph Savary, a member of tho Legion of Honor and at one time one of the leading politicians of France. The deceased went to Canada In 1884. accompanied by tho wife of his ex-secretary. Savary was forty-four years of age. He entered politics when very young, and was finally appointed Deputy Minister of Justice. A clever, scholarly man, who won fame in the domain of literature. There is more, but not readable....

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In collaboration, “SAVARY, CHARLES,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 11, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed June 1, 2014,

The citation above shows the format for footnotes and endnotes according to the Chicago manual of style (16th edition). Information to be used in other citation formats: Permalink: Author of Article: In collaboration Title of Article: SAVARY, CHARLES Publication Name: Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 11 Publisher: University of Toronto/Université Laval Year of publication: 1982 Year of revision: 1982 Access Date: June 1, 2014

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Charles Savary's Timeline

September 21, 1845
September 9, 1889
Age 43
Ottawa, Ottawa Division, ON, Canada