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Memorable Manitobans: William Verner Gordon (1847-1923)


Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 14 November 1847, he came to Manitoba in 1871 as part of the Scott expedition. He later returned to eastern Canada and settled at Montreal where he remained in business until 1898. In that year he moved with his family to Winnipeg to join with his brother, Benjamin Gordon, in the commission merchants firm of Buchanan & Gordon. He also represented Hiram Walker & Sons Limited.

He and wife Jane had four children: Margaret Gordon (b 1877), Jessie B. Gordon (b 1879, Mrs. W. D. Galvin), Crawford Gordon (b 1883, son-in-law of Mark Fortune), and William Verner Gordon (b 1885).

He died at his Winnipeg home on 13 March 1923 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“W. Gordon, Commission Merchant, Passes Away” Newspaper clipping dated 14 March 1923. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Page revised: 7 February 2009

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