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Memorable Manitobans: James H. Bilton (1908-1988)

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James H. Bilton
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Policeman, publisher, MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), Speaker (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977).

Born at Leeds, Yorkshire, England on 10 April 1908, son of Walter Bilton and Maria Mathersen, he was educated at Leeds Public and High Schools and came to Canada in December 1929. He served with the RCMP from 1931 to 1953, including several years in the Arctic, retiring with the rank of Staff Sargeant. He was publisher and editor of Swan River Star and Times from 1958 to 1973. He sold the newspaper in 1973 and moved to Ottawa, Ontario in July 1977. On 28 March 1938, he married Mildred Mary Izon (?-?), daughter of Wilfrid Izon of Swan River. They had one child: Carol Ann Bilton. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1962 general election, and was re-elected in 1966, 1969, and 1973. He served as Speaker from 1966 to 1969. He was a member of the Rotary, Canadian Legion, Lions, Swan River Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg Press Club, Manitoba Weekly Newspaper Association (President), Canadian Weekly Association, AF & AM, RCMP Veterans Association, director of the Swan River Agricultural Society and member of the Swan River Curling and Golf Clubs, Progressive Conservative party, and Anglican church. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 4 July 1988.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

“Former editor, MLA passes in Ottawa,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 7 July 1988, page 1.

Obituary, Swan Valley Star and Times, 14 July 1988, page 12.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (Deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 November 2020

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