Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Corbett (1847-1941)
Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1903-1907).
Born at Cavan, Ontario on 6 July 1847, third child and second son of William Corbett (1821-1899) and Margaret Coe (1822-1908), he moved with his family to the Rural Municipality of Springfield around 1874. He farmed with his father and brothers on land that would subsequently become the Defence Industries Limited Cordite Plant. He retired from farming in 1907.
He served as Reeve for the RM of Springfield (1892-1894, 1900-1903) and was elected as a Conservative candidate for the Springfield constituency in the 1903 provincial general election. He served a single term and did not seek re-election in 1907.
He married Jennie Wright (1854-1901) from Guelph, Ontario, sister of Archibald Francis Wright. They had seven children: Frederick Henry A. Corbett (1880-?), Margaret Jane “Evelyn” Corbett, Laura Violet Corbett (1884-?), William Stewart Corbett (1886-?), Albert Harold Corbett, Mary Cora Corbett (1890-?) and Jean Elizabeth Corbett (1893-?). He was a member of the Masons (Ancient Landmark Lodge).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 175 Talbot Avenue, on 25 November 1941 and was buried in the Moose Nose Cemetery.
“W. Corbett, Manitoba resident since ‘71, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 November 1941, page 13. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 108]
We thank Marilyn Boyle and Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 January 2022