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Memorable Manitobans: George Lightfoot Irwin (1856-1933)

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Born at Boston, Massachusetts on 12 February 1856, son of Rev. John Irwin and Elizabeth Rady, he attended Massachusetts schools and the Montreal High School. At the age of 16 he went to work in a ship broker’s office for a short time then found a position in the Merchants Bank of Canada, rising to become a branch manager. From 1879 to 1884 he operated a private bank at Emerson, Manitoba then became an accountant in the Security Bank of Minneapolis in Minnesota, remaining there until 1896 when he came to Dauphin, Manitoba where he operated a private bank for two years. He then established a branch of the Bank of Ottawa. He was a member of the Dauphin Board of Trade and the Anglican Church. He died unmarried at Dauphin on 20 January 1933.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2009

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