Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003)

John Gabriel Hearn c• I was born in Quebec City, Canada East, March 26, 1863, the son of Mary Doran and John.

• My father was a grocer and real estate agent who represented Quebec West in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1867 to 1877, Stadacona division in the Legislative Council of Quebec from 1877 to 1892 and Quebec West in the Canadian House of Commons from 1892 to 1894 as a Conservative member.

• I was educated at the Quebec commercial academy.

• From 9th September, 1880 until 1884 I attended the Royal Military College in Kingston.

• I later studied at the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich.

• I turned down a commission in the British Army. I served as assistant superintendant at the Cartoucherie of Quebec.

• I married Catherine M. Ryan in Philadelphia on 18 Feb 1890.

• I became a real estate agent. After my father’s death in 1894, I administered the property accumulated by my father, one of the largest landowners in the city of Quebec.

• I was a businessman and political figure in Quebec.

• From 1900 to 1904 I represented Québec-Ouest in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec as a Liberal member.

• I served on the Quebec city councillor and was president of the finance committee from 1896 to 1898.

• I died in Quebec City at the age of 63 on January 28, 1927.

• An antique RMC chair, signed on the underside with my name, was recently offered for sale.     chair 2

a) 102 William Anthony Forster Von Iffland.

b) 103 William Fraser Van Buskirk.

c) 104 Frederick Lindsay Crawford.

d) 105 Herbert Clement Carey.

e) 106 John Gabriel Hearn.

f) 107. Conway Edward Cartwright.

Answer: 106 Honourable John Gabriel Hearn (RMC 1884). His father was Honourable John Hearn.

Captain Ernest F. Wurtele, R. L. “Royal Military College Club of Canada reference book [microform] : containing information respecting the graduates, ex-cadets and gentlemen cadets, of the Royal Military College of Canada” Royal Military College Club 1892    http://www.archive.org/stream/cihm_14751/cihm_14751_djvu.txt




Chair 1


  • ian lindsay

    June 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

    This is a thank you to Victoria Edwards for doing this research on John Gabriel Hearn. He was my father’s maternal grandfather. As a child we visited his home on Grande Allee in Quebec, where his son and daughter still lived.

    I was curious to know more about the antique RMC chair that was offered for sale. Was it indeed sold?


    Ian Lindsay

  • E3161 Victoria Edwards

    December 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Ian Lindsay,

    Yes, the RMC chair was purchased by the RMC museum. It remains part of the collection.

  • Lucy Douville

    April 21, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    This message is to a member of John Gabriel Hearn’s family; I have a big size photo of his beautiful house in Quebec city which was built just beside the Quebec Parliament on Grande-Allée street; this house unfortunately was destroyed in 1972. Did you know that this house also served as a decor in Alfred Hitchcock’s film “I confess”.

  • ian lindsay

    October 8, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    mme. Douville.

    If you receive this, I am most interested in a copy of the photo you posted to facebook, as would be my father’s cusins, who grew up in the western half of that house.

    It was demolished after being expropriated by the provincial government. In part, the reasoning was that there was no secure underground parking for the colline parliamentaire. Ironically, the first owner of the house, M. John Hearn, MLA and member of the Quebec senate, was a great proponent of the building of the parliament. As a landowner he doubtless knew where they would have to build….just adjacent to his property. The house and the parliament were separated by a laneway leading to the stables in the back of the house.