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Honoré Beaugrand (24 March 18487 October 1906) was a Quebecmarker journalist, politician, author and folklorist, born in Berthier County, Quebec.

As a young graduate from military school Beaugrand joined the Frenchmarker military forces under General Bazaine in Mexicomarker, supporting the ill-fated Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. He returned with those troops to France after the fall of Chapultepecmarker and Maximilian's execution. After some months he moved to New Orleansmarker in 1868 and became a journalist. Subsequently he wrote for U.S. newspapers in St. Louismarker, Bostonmarker, Chicagomarker, and Lowellmarker and Fall Rivermarker, Massachusettsmarker.

In 1878, he returned to Canada and founded the newspaper La Patrie in Montrealmarker to take the place of Le National which had recently folded. It ceased publication in 1957, after 78 years. In August 1879 he acquired Le Canard from publisher and satirist Hector Berthelot. He made a name as a political writer and reporter, and in 1885 received the cross of the French Légion d'honneur.

He become a freemason in 1873 and took part in the foundation of Montreal Émancipation lodge in 1897.

La chasse galerie, Illustration from Henri Julien Quebec museum
He was elected mayor of Montrealmarker in 1885. A street in Montreal and a stationmarker on the green line of the Montreal metro are named in his honour. He is most famous in Quebec for writing down the legend of the "Chasse-galerie", published in 1891 in La chasse galerie: légendes canadiennes, which also included "Le loup-garou," "La bête à grand’queue," "Macloune," and "Le père Louison."

Publications

  • Anita
  • Jeanne la fileuse
  • Contes Canadiens
  • La Chasse-galerie et autres récits


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