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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Roy “Roxy” Hamilton (1892-1965)

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Daniel Roy Hamilton
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Hotelier, MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953).

Born at Neepawa on 23 April 1892, son of Daniel Hamilton and Nellie Findlay, he was active in the Manitoba hotel industry, owning and operating the Aberdeen Hotel at Winnipeg for over 30 years. In 1929, he was made an honorary chief of the Pukatawagan Reserve, named “Chief Night Owl” for his ability to stay up all night.

Elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Rupertsland constituency in the 1941 general election, he was re-elected in 1945 and acclaimed in 1949. He was not a candidate in the 1953 election.

He was married twice, first on 23 April 1919 to Clara Munn (1891-1936) at Winnipeg and on 17 June 1940 to Mary Agnes Anderson Mitchell (1901-1986) at Winnipeg. Neither marriage produced children. He was a member of the Masons (Empire Lodge), Khartum Shriners, and Order of the Elks (Flin Flon Lodge). He was active in breeding and racing horses, and was made an honorary Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. In 1953, he represented the Province of Manitoba at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London, England.

He died at Winnipeg on 4 September 1965 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Clara Hamilton], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1936, page 4.

“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 126]

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1951.

“Former MLA Roxy Hamilton dies at 69,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1965, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1965, page 19.

Obituary [Mary Hamilton], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1986, page 47.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

We thank Connor Mah and Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 January 2021

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