Memorable Manitobans: Marcus Hyman (1883-1938)
Lawyer, MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940).
Born near Vilna, Poland [now Lithuania] on 13 July 1883, 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 and was called to the Manitoba Bar.
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. Appointed a King’s Counsel in 1937, he later taught at the Manitoba Law School.
He served on the Winnipeg School Board from 1924 to 1929. Unsuccessful in his candidacy in the 1927 provincial general election, Hyman was associated with the Independent Labour Party while serving as an MLA following election in 1932 and 1936. On 18 August 1914, he married Erna Ziembinska (1886-1948) of Berlin, Germany and they had one child, Ernest Roy Hyman (1916-?).
He died in the Winnipeg General Hospital on 31 December 1938 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1934.
“Five lawyers named King’s counsellors in province honors list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1937, page 3.
“Marcus Hyman dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1938. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]
“Marcus Hyman, M.L.A., scholar, dies aged 55,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1938, page 3.
“Three King’s Counsel named in honors list,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 March 2022