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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Edward Hamilton (1844-?)

Click to enlargeLawyer, MLA (1883-1886), Mayor of Winnipeg (1885), MLA (1886-1888).

Born in Rochester, England, he came to Winnipeg from St. Catharines, Ontario in 1881 to practise law with J. A. M. Aikins and William H. Culver. He ran for mayor on the citizen’s ticket in 1884 and won. In 1885 he was Conservative MLA from South Winnipeg, then from Shoal Lake in 1886. From 1885 to 1888 he was attorney-general of Manitoba, his chief accomplishment being the introduction of the Torrens title bill which reformed the Manitoba land registry.

On 10 January 1884, he married Alexa Ashworth, third daughter of John Ashworth of Ottawa. He left for St. Paul, Minnesota in 1888. In 1897, Hamilton was Vice-President of the Pacific and Oriental Investment Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. [1] By 1913 he was British Vice-Consul at St. Paul. [2]

He is commemorated by Hamilton Avenue in Winnipeg.


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

1. Daily Nor'Wester, 15 February 1897, page 4.

2. “Former Mayor sees big change”, Manitoba Free Press, 7 October 1913, page 4.

J. A. Gemmill (editor), The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1887.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 July 2010

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