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Memorable Manitobans: William Cleland Hamilton (1881-1943)


Born at Collingwood, Ontario on 2 May 1881, he came with his family to Emerson, Manitoba at the age of one year. He attended high school in Emerson then graduated from the law school of the University of Manitoba. In 1904, he articled to C. P. Wilson of the firm of Ewart, Fisher and Wilson, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1907. He eventually became a partner in the firm, and was made a King’s Counsel in 1927.

He served as Secretary of the Manitoba Liberal Association. He served on the Board of the Winnipeg Maroons and was a charter member of the Winnipeg Golf Club. He was a President and Honorary Life Member of the Norwood Golf Club and a member of the St. Charles Country Club and the Manitoba Club. He served as honorary solicitor to the Winnipeg Foundation and was a member of the boards of Grace Hospital, the Salvation Army, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 226 Handsart Boulevard, on 21 March 1943 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

“W. C. Hamilton, barrister, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 130]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2015

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