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Memorable Manitobans: James William Hamilton (1865-?)


Born at Melbourne, Quebec on 31 August 1865, son of Andrew W. Hamilton and Helena Ann Fowler, he was educated at St. Francis’ College (Richmond) and Bishop’s College School (Lennoxville, Quebec). He served with the Ottawa Sharpshooters during the North West Rebellion of 1885. He joined staff of the Bank of British North America in June 1889, and transferred to the service of the Union Bank in 1910. His banking experience covered service in all parts of Canada from Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific coast, also New York and London. He was in charge of Union Bank in London at the outbreak of the First World War and some time afterwards. In 1925, he was Assistant General Manager of the Union Bank of Canada. He was a founding director of the Lakeside Fresh Air Camp for Children on Lake Winnipeg.

On 24 June 1896, he married Charlotte Ethel Spry. They had one son and three daughters. He was a member of York Club, Hunt Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and Pine Ridge Golf Club (Winnipeg). His recreations included hunting, fishing and golf. Anglican.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 November 2016

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