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Behind the Diary

A King's Who's Who Biographies

Laurent Beaudry (1886-1966)

Laurent Beaudry, ca. 1910-1911


Laurent Beaudry, ca. 1910-1911

Laurent Beaudry won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he received his M.A. He was Mackenzie King's Private Secretary, from 1921 to 1922. He then worked as Editor-in-Chief of Le Soleil in Quebec City. In 1927, he joined the Department of External Affairs, where he served for more than 20 years, rising to the position of Associate Under Secretary. This photograph of the Oxford University lacrosse team shows Laurent Beaudry (first row, right) and Gustave Lanctôt (second row, right), who later would become Dominion Archivist.

Laurent Beaudry was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and attended the University of Montreal. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and received his M.A. at Oxford. He also completed a law degree in Paris. Beaudry was Mackenzie King's Private Secretary from 1921 to 1922. He left Ottawa in October 1922 to work for Le Soleil in Quebec City as Editor-in-Chief.

Joining the Department of External Affairs in 1927, Beaudry was appointed First Secretary to the Canadian legation in Washington. In 1929, he became Counsellor in the Office of the Assistant Under Secretary of the Department. From 1935 to 1947, Beaudry was the Assistant Under Secretary. He was the first French Canadian in the Department to reach such a high level. From 1947 to his retirement in 1948, he was the Associate Under Secretary. Known for his expertise in protocol and procedures, Beaudry worked on preparations for Canadian participation in the coronation of George VI and other similar events. His friendly manner was appreciated by many, especially the new francophone recruits to the Department during the Second World War.

Library and Archives Canada holds the Beaudry Papers (MG30-E151).