Memorable Manitobans: Henry George “Harry” Leader (1880-1946)
Born at Burnside on 10 March 1880, son of Thomas Leader and Bridget Allen, he attended Poplar Bluff School and became a farmer as well as cattle breeder and exporter. On 27 September 1901, he married Ella Mary MacBeth (1884-1966) at Portage la Prairie and they subsequently had three children: Thomas Allen Leader (1902-1965), Olive Norma Leader (b 1904, wife of Fred Hyde), and Ruth Leader (b 1916, wife of Robert Burk). During the First World War, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was a Municipal Councillor for Burnside (1906-1912), Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie (1912-1914), and a member of the Executive of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities (1913-1914). He was elected to the House of Commons for Portage la Prairie in 1921, was defeated in 1925, then re-elected in 1935, 1940 and 1945. He died at his farm in the RM of Portage la Prairie on 9 May 1946, while still in office, and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
“Harry Leader funeral rites on Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1946, page 26.
Obituary [Mrs. Harry Leader], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1966, page 27.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 June 2017
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