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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Wilson Allison (1870-1953)


Born in Ontario on 10 September 1870, he was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1899 and took his first charge at Pilot Mound. He later served at West Prospect, Newdale, Minnedosa, Boissevain, Swan River, Manitou, Portage la Prairie, Roland, Baldur, and Ninga. He served twice as President of the Manitoba Conference in the Church (1923, 1941) and was Secretary from 1933 to 1941. He served on the Board of Regents for Wesley College, was bursar for Regina College for a year, and Principal of the Brandon Indian School. He received an honorary doctorate from Wesley College in 1935. He died at Portage la Prairie on 15 May 1953 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Dr. B. W. Allison, retired minister dies at Portage,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1953, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2015

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