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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Henhurst Francis (1845-1895)

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Frederick Henhurst Francis
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Merchant, MLA (1888).

Born in England in 1845, he came to Manitoba and worked as a storekeeper at Headingley. He was married to Sarah Margaret Black, daughter of John Black. They had nine children: John L. Francis (1876-?), William S. Francis (1877-?), Emily H. F. Francis (1880-?), F. R. Francis (1882-?), James Hunter Black Francis (1883-?), Henry Grey Francis (1885-?), Laurenda Bannatyne Francis (1888-?), Charles Francois Xavier Francis (1888-?), and Herbert Winfield Ross Francis (1891-1951). He was elected for the constituency of St. Francois Xavier at a by-election in January 1888 and served until the 1888 general election where he was not a candidate. He was involved in the establishment of a Deaf and Dumb School in Manitoba. He died at Headingley on 24 December 1895.


1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Herbert Francis dies here at 60,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 October 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

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

We thank L. Daniells, a descendant of F. H. Francis, for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 December 2018

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