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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Willis Jameson (1851-1899)

Lawyer, Mayor of Winnipeg (1896), MP (1896-1900).

He was born in Capetown, South Africa on 12 July 1851, the son of Lieutenant-General Sir George Inglis Jameson, and educated at Proprietary School, Blackburn, England. He obtained a B.A. degree from King’s College in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, after which he studied law, being called to the Bar in 1872. He married Ann Elizabeth Thurman. They had two sons.

Jameson came to Canada in 1876 and to Winnipeg in 1881 to engage in land speculation. He was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1882. He practiced law for a time with F. S. Nugent. He served the City of Winnipeg in several capacities—License Commissioner, Chairman of Sinking Fund Trustees, Alderman (1892-1895), and Mayor (1896). A Liberal, in the bye-election of 1897 he was elected to the House of Commons for Winnipeg constituency, and held the seat until his death.

He was a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, Manitoba Club, and Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

He is commemorated by Jamison Avenue in Winnipeg.

More information:

Richard Willis Jameson, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XII, 468.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 13 September 2009

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