Adrien F. Arsenault
Served during the following dates: 1922-08-30; 1923-07-24; 1927-06-25; 1931-08-06
ARSENAULT, ADRIEN F.. lawyer; b. 12 April 1889 in Egmont Bay, son of Etienne J. Arsenault and Philomene Pitre; m. first 27 October 1920 Bernice A. MacDonald, and they had two children, Leonce and Adrien; m. secondly 4 September 1935 Ellen MacNeill, and they had three children, Leonard, Helen, and John; Roman Catholic; d. 28June 1941 in Summerside.
Arsenault, a Conservative, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election held 30 August 1922 for 3rd Prince. He was re-elected in the general elections of 1923, 1927, and 1931. He was appointed to Executive Council from 1923 to 1927. From 1931 to 1935, Arsenault once again served on Executive Council as Minister without Portfolio. In addition to being an effective speaker, well-read, and fluent in both French and English, he also had a gift for humour and storytelling.
Arsenault received his primary education at the local school in St. Chrysostome. Later he attended St. Joseph’s University in New Brunswick and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1912. Arsenault studied law in the office of Albert C. Saunders* from December 1912 until 1916. Following his admission to the Bar, he worked with Neil McQuarrie and Aubin Arsenault* in the firm of McQuarrie and Arsenault. When both McQuarrie and Aubin Arsenault w'ere called to the bench, Arsenault took over the practice.
Arsenault had a busy life outside of politics and the law. He was a leader of the Societe Saint- Thomas-d’Aquin, and was its first secretary-treasurer. Arsenault was a member of the golf and curling clubs in Summerside, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the C.M.B.A., and La Societe L’Assomption, and was the leader of the male choir at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Summerside. Adrien Arsenault died 28 June 1941.
Bernice Arsenault was the daughter of John A. MacDonald* of Indian River, who represented 3rd Prince in the House of Assembly and the Legislative Assembly, and Anne C. McKelvie. She died 4 September 1935. Ellen Arsenault was a native of Travellers Rest.
References: CPG 1883, 1923. 1924. 1928. 1933. 1936; Acadiens p. 84; Elections PEI; WWC 1934-1935 p. 1714; WWC 1943-1944 p. 686; Patriot 30 June 1941 p. 5; PARO: RG 6.1 Series 19 Bar Admittances. Guide to abbreviations
Photograph courtesy of PEI Public Archives and Records Office,
Reference Number Acc3177/39