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Memorable Manitobans: Jabez Bowen Hugg (1872-1947)

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Jabez Bowen Hugg
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Born at Orillia, Ontario on 7 June 1872, son of Frank B. Hugg and Susan Waite Moffatt, he was educated at Orillia High School, and the University of Manitoba (BA, 1895). He worked briefly as a schoolmaster at Orillia (1889) before coming to Manitoba with his family in 1890, settling in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin where he worked briefly as a teacher at Boyne School.

He read law with Sir James Aikins then was principal of the high school at Regina, Saskatchewan from 1896 to 1902. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1904 and commenced a law practice at Winnipeg two years later. In 1911, Hugg was a barrister with the firm of Hugg & Hugg. By 1925, he was senior partner in the firm of Hugg, Johnston & Garson. He also served as Lecturer and Examiner in the area of corporate and municipal law with the Manitoba Law School from 1915 to 1918. He was Counsel for the Canadian Manufacturers Association and Employees Association of Manitoba. He was a Director of the Winnipeg Fur Company and the North Empire Fire Insurance Company; and a member of the Dominion Fisheries Commission to investigate Manitoba fisheries. In the April 1919 issue of Industrial Canada he called for the government to “assert the authority of the state and ... suppress all unlawfulness no matter by whom committed.” With H. A. Robson he co-authored several important law texts, including Cases on Municipal Law (1915 and 1920).

On 27 July 1898, he married Mabel Winnifred Eddy of Regina, Saskatchewan, with whom he had three children: Frank William Hugg (1907-?), Allan Arthur Hugg (1909-?), and Mary Lenore Hugg (1915-?). He was a member of the Scientific Club of Winnipeg.

He later moved to Chicago, Illinois. He died at Rochester, New York on 17 April 1947.


1891 and 1916 Canada censes, Ancestry.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Brenda Meninger for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2020

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