Memorable Manitobans: Harold Frederick Lawrence (1887-1953)
Accountant, MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940).
Born at Burton-on-Trent, England on 17 December 1887, son of Frederick Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Stonehouse, he was educated at public and higher grade elementary schools at Burton-on-Trent. He came to Canada in 1907 and worked as a railroad accountant with the Canadian Northern Railways.
On 3 July 1912, he married Mary Violet Andrews (1886-1947, daughter of C. J. Andrews) of Harbone, Birmingham, England. They had two sons: Kenneth Maxwell Lawrence (1917-2008) and Raymond Douglas Lawrence (1919-2006), both born at Fort William, Ontario while the family lived there. They later lived at 276 Horace Street, Norwood. He was general chairman of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railroad Employees Western Lines (1917-1921), President of the Winnipeg Speed Skating Club (1938), and a member of AF & AM Royal Lodge No. 453 (Fort William, Ontario).
He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1932 general election and was re-elected in 1936. He was not a candidate in the 1941 election.
He died in 1953 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.
“Virden visited by large party of city skaters,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1938, page 14.
Death registration [Violet Mary Lawrence], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Mrs. H. F. Lawrence], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1947, page 39.
Obituary [Raymond Douglas Lawrence], Mail Tribune, 9 April 2006.
Obituary [Kenneth Maxwell Lawrence], Vancouver Sun, 27 May 2008.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 March 2022