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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Crosby Ennis (1859-1925)

Miller, MLA (1900-1903).

Born in Ontario on 15 December 1859, eldest of ten children of Thomas and Fanny Jane Ennis, by 1891 he was living at Neepawa with his wife Meanne Coxe (1858-?) with whom he would have four children: Maud Ennis (1887-1893), George Ernest Ennis (1889-?), William Carl Ennis (1893-?), and Thomas Lester Ennis (1897-?), and was working as a miller and grain dealer. Elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1899 general election, defeating Conservative challenger John Andrew Davidson, he resigned his seat in February 1900 citing pressure on him by the Conservative government of Hugh John Macdonald. Davidson subsequently won the seat at a by-election in March 1900. Ennis continued to live at Neepawa for a time then moved to Seniac, Saskatchewan around 1909. He died at Brandon on 13 November 1925 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.


1881 and 1891 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“City and general,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 June 1898, page 16.

“Ennis resigns,” Brandon Western Sun, 1 March 1900, page 6.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Brandon Daily Sun, 14 November 1925, page 8.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Oliver Bernuetz.

Page revised: 31 December 2020

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