Cartier, Sir George Etienne. A Canadian statesman. Born in 1814. Cartier was deeply involved in the rebellion of 1837. In 1848 he was elected to the house of assembly, in 1856 was appointed provincial secretary, and soon became attorney-general. In 1857 Cartier became leader of the Lower Canada section of the government, and premier in 1858. He held a cabinet office for several years afterward. Cartier was prominent in numerous governmental reforms. Died 1873.