Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine was born on October 4, 1807. He was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1830 as the member for Terrebonne, which he represented until 1838. In 1834, he made a speech in favour of the Ninety-two Resolutions, but voted against their adoption.
Deemed to be suspect during
the insurrection, he was arrested by General Colborne and thrown in prison,
then released for lack of sufficient evidence. Although he did not fight
the Union regime, he was forcefully removed from the county of Terrebonne.
From 1841 to 1844, he was the member for York, Upper Canada. In September
1842, he became joint Prime Minister with Robert Baldwin. He became the
member for Terrebonne again in 1844, and later (1848-1851) represented
Montreal. He died February 25, 1864.