Memorable Manitobans: Solomon Hart Green (1885-1969)
Lawyer, MLA (1911-1914).
Born at St. John, New Brunswick on 23 October 1885, son of Louis and E. Green, he was educated at King’s College of Nova Scotia. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1906 and commenced a law practise, coming to Winnipeg the next year. In 1911, he was a barrister with the firm of Chapman & Green, 1010 McArthur Building, Winnipeg. He was Vice-President of the Dominion Fur Auction Sales Limited, Vice-President of Sterling Securities Corporation, and President of the Standard Finance Corporation. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1927 and was the first Jewish appointee in Western Canada.
On 27 August 1912, he married Anne Lyone (1889-1970) and they had four children: Solomon Hart Green, Audrey Muriel Green (1914-?, wife of ? May), Alexander Lyone “Alex” Green (1918-?), and Pat Green (?-?). In 1910, he was elected the first Jewish member to the Manitoba Legislature, presenting the North Winnipeg constituency, was not a candidate in 1914, and was defeated in 1915. He was a member and past master of the AF & AM (King Edward Lodge No. 97) and past-President of B’nai B’rith. Recreation: baseball. Liberal. In 1911, he lived at 143 Polson Avenue, Winnipeg. He was for many years Chairman of the joint Anti-Defamation Committee of the B’nai B’rith and the Canadian Jewish Congress. He was a founder and past president of the Jewish Welfare Fund. He was a President of the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Winnipeg Jewish Relief and the Manitoba Section of Ort. He was past chairman of the Mid-West Region of the Zionist Organization of Canada and was for many years an honorary vice-president of the Zionist Organization of Canada.
He died at Winnipeg on 13 April 1969 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 402 Wellington Crescent.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1969, page 42.
Obituary [Anne Hart Green], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1970, page 29.
“Anti-Jewish prejudice: Latent or disappearing?” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1975, page 4.
We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 April 2023