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Memorable Manitobans: Walter T. Hart (1867-1948)


Born at Montreal, Quebec on 10 October 1867, son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Hart, he was educated at the Public Schools of Montreal. He worked as a clerk with the Grand Trunk Railway from 1883 to 1887, then as a clerk with the Illinois Central Railway at Chicago from 1887 to 1889. Coming to Winnipeg, he was Provincial Manager of the Policy Holders Mutual Insurance Company from 1919 to 1923, and Provincial Manager of the Ontario Equitable Life and Accident Insurance Company as of 1923.

On 26 August 1891, he married Margaret E. Wynn. They had five children: Allan Hart, Mrs. Marion Keyes, Mrs. I. M. Piefchke, Mrs. J. D. Murray, and Lucia Hart. He was Secretary of the Chicago YMCA from 1889 to 1902 and YMCA General Secretary at Winnipeg from 1902 to 1909. He was author of a book on the history of Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church where he was an active member.

He died at Winnipeg on 15 September 1948 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


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

“Walter T. Hart, churchman, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 September 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 51]

This profile was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 1 July 2010

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