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Memorable Manitobans: William John Bulman (1870-1938)

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William John Bulman
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Businessman.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 3 April 1870, son of William and Frances Bulman, he was educated at the Public Schools of Toronto, then commenced a business career as a lithographer with Alexander Cable of Toronto. He came to Winnipeg in 1892, and established the firm of Bulman Brothers.

He served as President of the Winnipeg Industrial Bureau (1911 to 1913), member of an Advisory Board for the Manitoba Department of Education, Chairman of the Winnipeg School Board, originator of the Imperial Home Reunion Association and President of Winnipeg Branch, President of the Conservative Association of Manitoba, Vice-President of the Manitoba Patriotic Fund, Secretary and President of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association, and Commissioner of the Manitoba Liquor Commission. He was a Director of the Merchants Casualty Company, the Winnipeg Trustee Company, the Winnipeg Electric Railway, and the Winnipeg Industrial Bureau.

In 1889, he married Lillian “Lily” Thompson (1871-1930) of Toronto, Ontario and they had five children: Mary Eileen Bulman (1896-1980; wife to Albert Clifford Abbott), Bessie Frances Lillian Bulman (1898-1971), John Noel Thompson Bulman, Dorothy Maud Bulman (1906-1969), and Lillian Catherine Bulman (1910-?). He was a member of the Carleton Club, Adanac Club, Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Jockey Club, Commercial Travellers Club, Conservative party, and Methodist church.

He died on 16 May 1938 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“W. Bulman succumbs in hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1938.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 March 2020

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