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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Grant Dexter (1896-1961)


Born in St. Andrews, Manitoba on 3 February 1896, he joined the Free Press in 1912 and served in Lord Strathcona’s Horse from 1915 until he was invalided to England in 1917. He was an emphatic Liberal, completely loyal to the party. For many years (1923-44) he was parliamentary reporter in Ottawa for John Dafoe’s Free Press. During World War Two he served as a private conduit for the government to Dafoe. He served as associate editor of the Free Press from 1946 to 1948, then as editor from 1948 to 1954. He received the Marie Moors Cabot Medal for journalism -- the first Canadian so honoured -- in 1946.

Dexter died at Winnipeg on 12 December 1961. He is commemorated by Dexter Street in Winnipeg.

Some papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.

More information:

Ottawa at War: The Grant DexterMemoranda, 1939-1945
edited and introduced by Frederick W. Gibson and Barbara Robertson, Manitoba Record Society, 1994.

“A Gentleman of the Fourth Estate,” by Alan Levine, The Beaver 72, no. 6 (1992/1993): 17-23.


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

Page revised: 5 March 2008

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