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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Briggs (1854-1941)

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Edward Briggs
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Farmer, MLA (1903-1907).

Born at Bayfield, Ontario on 25 February 1854, son of James E. Briggs and Anna Bennett Hayter, he was educated in the public schools of Huron County then worked in the boot and shoe business until 1882 when he came to Manitoba and took up a homestead two miles south of Hartney. In 1903, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as a Conservative representative of the Deloraine constituency but was defeated in his bid for re-election in 1907. In 1877, he married Ellen Robinson (?-?) of Huron County, Ontario. They had seven children: William Edward Briggs (1884-?), Joel Lawrence Briggs (1886-?), Lawrence Briggs (?-?), Annie Ella Briggs (1889-?), Violet Mabel Briggs (1890-?), Beatrice Ethel Briggs (1893-?), and Hugh John Briggs (1899-?). He died at Hartney on 14 December 1941 and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2018

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