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Memorable Manitobans: John Leslie (1852-1915)

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Furniture merchant.

Born in Colvend Parish, Scotland on 16 August 1852, son of Thomas Leslie (1822-?) and Mary Wilson (?-?), he attended public schools in Scotland before emigrating to Canada with his family in 1857, and settling at Prescott, Ontario. He apprenticed as carriage maker at Milton, Ontario starting in 1870, coming to Winnipeg in 1880. He founded a furniture business in 1885 and later partnered with his brother Thomas William Leslie in the firm of Leslie Brothers. He also served as a Director with the Canada West Fire Insurance Company.

On 27 December 1882, he married Phoebe Elizabeth Andrews (1860-1945) of Milton, Ontario. They had two daughters: Jessie Thomson Leslie (1883-?, wife of Edgar Roberts) and Louise Leslie (1888-?). He served as Board of Management for Manitoba College, and was Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, AF & AM. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, and Presbyterian Church.

He died at his Winnipeg home at 697 Wellington Crescent on 13 February 1915 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leslie House (697 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

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

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Prominent man of business dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 February 1915, page 31.

We thank Catherine Roberts for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2020

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