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Memorable Manitobans: Charles James Brown (1851-1926)

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Charles James Brown
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Civil servant.

Born at Kingston, Upper Canada [Ontario] on 8 October 1851, he was a member of the 1872 Red River Expedition, and he subsequently joined his father, Alexander MacDougall Brown, as a resident of Winnipeg. He succeeded his father as City Clerk in 1878, serving as the city’s returning officer for 42 years. In 1914, he was President of the American Municipalities Association. Upon his death at Winnipeg on 15 November 1926, he was succeeded as city clerk by his former assistant, Magnus Peterson.


“Charles J. Brown, Winnipeg’s veteran city clerk, is dead,” undated newspaper clipping [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2020

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