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Memorable Manitobans: William George Martin (1886-1973)

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William George Martin
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Cleric, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966).

Born at Devonshire, England in 1886, he came to Canada in 1910. He attended Victoria College, University of Toronto, and received a DD from Wesley College. He was the first Minister of Public Welfare in Ontario (1930-1934) and, in 1935, was the historian on a Canadian Arctic expedition. He served 19 years as the minister of Grace United Church in Winnipeg (1936-1955). In 1943, he was given an honorary degree by the University of Winnipeg. In 1958, he was elected MLA from Winnipeg St. Matthews and was re-elected in 1959 and 1962. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 19 December 1973 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

“Powers-that-be lacked vision says minister as Grace closes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1955, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1973, page 29.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2019

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