Fortunat Michaud was born in Québec and moved to Fort Kent, ME and later to Van Buren, ME. On February 4, 1902 he married Emily Farrell the daughter of John Farrell. They had 3 children, Elmer, John & Constance. After the death of Emily he later married Marie Keegan on July 18, 1927. Mrs. Keegan was a widow with three children, Evelyn, Audrey and Jimmy. Fortunat was a dealer in shoes and boots and started the F.O. Michaud family store in Van Buren. Which was later run by his children. John ran a men’s clothing store next door to F.O. Michaud, where Elmer, his wife Irene and Constance continued management of the family store.
Fortunat held a seat during Maine’s first Workers Comp Law in 1915. He served in the State Legislature two terms, 1915-16 & 1941-42. He was a prominent business man. They lived in the Farrell-Michaud house that is on the Historic Register.