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Memorable Manitobans: John Gunn (1826-?)

Click to enlargeFarmer, teacher, MLA (1875-1878), MLA (1878-79).

Born at the Red River Settlement on 8 August 1826, 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 (b c1856), William R. Gunn (b c1858), Donald Gunn (b c 1860), John James Gunn (b 1861), Emma Ann Gunn (b c1863), Mary Gunn (b c1865), Henry George Gunn (b c1866), Gilbert Garrioch Gunn (b 1868), and Margaret Gunn (b c1877). He was elected a School Trustee in 1871 and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board from its organization in that year. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature 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 elections.

He appears to have died sometime before 1901, as his wife was recorded as a widow in the 1901 federal census.


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.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2010

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