Azellus Denis

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The Hon.
Azellus Denis
Senator for La Salle, Quebec
In office
February 3, 1964 September 4, 1991
Appointed by Lester B. Pearson
Preceded by Mark Robert Drouin
Succeeded by Marcel Prud'homme
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. Denis
In office
Preceded by Joseph-Arthur Denis
Succeeded by Marcel Prud'homme
Personal details
Born(1907-03-26)March 26, 1907
Saint-Norbert, Quebec, Canada
Died September 4, 1991(1991-09-04) (aged 84)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Émérencienne Fleury-Bissonnette
Relations Joseph-Arthur Denis, brother
Cabinet Postmaster General (1963-1964)

Azellus Denis, PC QC (March 26, 1907 September 4, 1991) was a Canadian politician who served in the Parliament of Canada as a Member of Parliament and Senator for the longest period of time, 55 years, 10 months and 20 days.

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Born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec, the son of Arsène Denis and Georgiana Laporte, he was educated in Saint-Norbert, Joliette and at the Université de Montréal. Denis practised law in Montreal. In 1945, he married Émérencienne Fleury-Bissonnette. [1]

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He was first elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament in the riding of St. Denis in 1935. His brother Arthur had represented the St. Denis riding in the House of Commons until his death in 1934. Denis was re-elected in 1940, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1962, and 1963. He was the Postmaster General from 1963 until the Post Office patronage scandal of 1964. In the midst of the scandal, he was appointed to the Senate at the recommendation of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and served until his death in 1991.

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Joseph-Arthur Denis was a Liberal party member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec in Berthier County and became a physician.

He was a reservist in the 2nd Battalion (Reserve) Châteauguay Regiment.

Parc Azellus-Denis in Montreal is named in his honour.

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  1. Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.