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Memorable Manitobans: John Gunn (1825-1898)

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John Gunn
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Farmer, teacher, MLA (1875-1878), MLA (1878-1879).

Born at the Red River Settlement on 8 August 1825, son of Donald Gunn, he was educated by his father. He later worked as a teacher at St. John’s Day School from 1845 to 1847.

In February 1855, he married Emma Garrioch (1825-1921), fifth daughter of William Garrioch. They had at least nine children: Margaret Jane Gunn (c1856-?), William R. Gunn (c1858-?), Donald Gunn (c1860-?), John James Gunn (c1861-?), Emma Ann Gunn (c1863-?), Mary Gunn (c1865-?), Henry George Gunn (c1866-?), Gilbert Garrioch Gunn (c1868-?), and Margaret Gunn (c1877-?). He was elected a School Trustee in 1871 and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board from its organization in that year. Defeated in the 1870 general election, he was elected for the St. Andrews North constituency at the 1874 general election and was re-elected in 1878. He was defeated in each of the 1879 and 1883 general elections.

He died at his home at Gonor on 10 September 1898 and was buried in the Little Britain Cemetery.


1881 Canada census, FamilySearch.

A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 14 September 1898, page 4.

“Late Mr. John Gunn,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 September 1898, page 2.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 December 2018

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