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Memorable Manitobans: John Polworth Lawrie (1875-1951)

Click to enlargeImplement dealer, insurance broker, MLA (1936-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949).

Born on 25 August 1875, at Edinburgh, Scotland, son of Anne Polworth, he was educated at George Heriots School (Edinburgh, Scotland). He came to Canada in 1893. He worked on a farm for a year then, the next year, bought his own farm at Sidney. Ten year later, he and his father bought three grain elevators and moved them to Brookdale where he took up permanent residence, becoming an implement dealer and merchant.

On 16 April 1907, he married May Clegg, the eldest daughter of Angus Clegg, of Brookdale, Manitoba. They had four children: Robert Polworth, Angus Campbell, Jean Elsie (married to Stephen A. Moffatt), and Margaret. He was Police Magistrate and later Police Commissioner. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1936 general election. Conservative. United Church of Canada. Address: Brookdale, Manitoba.

He died at Carberry on 17 October 1952.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (Deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s”, Winnipeg Tribune, 12 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 126]

“J. P. Lawrie, ex-Conservative MLA, dies at 76”, Winnipeg Tribune, 18 October 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2010

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