Sieur De Maisonneive Paul De Chomedey, first governor of Montreal, Canada, born in Champagne, France, died in Paris, Sept. 9, 1676. He entered the French army in his 13th year, and was esteemed alike for piety and bravery when he was selected as the leader of colonists sent out by an association. He sailed with them in three ships, and reached Quebec Aug. 20, 1641. Leaving the emigrants there, he went on to Montreal, and was installed as governor. The winter was spent in preparing timber for houses, and the actual settlement of the city began in May, 1642. Ten years later he returned to France, and brought over another body of settlers. His administration was marked by ability; he maintained great order and discipline in the settlement, organized the militia for Indian warfare, and acquired the respect of the hostile tribes. He retained office under the Sulpitians after the island was conveyed to them, but was removed in June, 1664, by De Mesy, the governor general, and sent back to France by the marquis de Tracy in the following year.
The action was arbitrary, and no charges were made against Maisonneuve, who, finding that there was no hope of being restored to his post, resigned in 1669.