July 11, 1896 - October 6, 1911
Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Liberal Party of Canada) was Prime Minister of Canada from July 11, 1896, to October 6, 1911. While in office, he welcomed the Yukon, Alberta and Saskatchewan into Confederation; expanded the Canadian National Railway and led Canadian participation in the South African War from 1899 to 1902. Mr. Laurier served as Leader of the Opposition from 1887 to 1896 and again from 1911 to 1919. He first sat as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons in 1874 and before entering politics was a lawyer. Wilfred Laurier was born on November 20, 1841, in St. Lin, Canada East, and died on February 17, 1919, in Ottawa, Ontario.