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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Davidson (1849-1921)

Click to enlargeAccountant, businessman.

Born in Cookstown, Ireland in 1849, he worked as a public accountant before emigrating to Canada and arriving at Winnipeg in 1887. He worked as an accountant for the firm of Harris & Son until 1897 when he went into partnership with Charles H. Newton in the firm of Newton & Davidson. Three years later, the partners organized the North West Laundry Company. Davidson also owned farm land and livestock in Manitoba. He was married to Elizabeth Mason. They had seven children: William R., James A. Davidson, Henry P., Louisa F., John Mason, Clark W., and Eileen. He was a charter member of the Carleton Club.

He died of pneumonia at his Winnipeg residence on 12 December 1921. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census: Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“A. Davidson Dies of Pneumonia” Newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“Alexander Davidson Is Dead of Pneumonia” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1921, page 4.

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

Page revised: 18 May 2009

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