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Memorable Manitobans: Marcus Hyman (1883-1938)

Click to enlargeLawyer, MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940).

Born on 13 July 1883 near Vilna, Poland, son of Aaron Hyman and Rachel Abrahamson, he emigrated to London, England, in 1895, was educated at Oxford and went to India as a private tutor to a young prince in 1907. He came to Winnipeg in 1913.

During the First World War he was president of the Western Canada Jewish Relief. He was the lawyer appointed by the Winnipeg Trades and Labor Council to defend radical aliens before the Board of Inquiry after the 1919 General Strike, and was able to have the deportation orders of five of the strike leaders reversed. Hyman later taught law at the Manitoba Law School. Hyman was associated with the Independent Labor Party while serving as an MLA. He served on the Winnipeg School Board from 1924 to 1929.

On 18 August 1914, he married Erna Ziembiska, of Berlin. They had one child: Ernest Roy Hyman.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 December 1938.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riding Mountain Visitor Centre


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1934.

“Marcus Hyman dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1938. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Three King's Counsel Named In Honors List”, Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2011

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