Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Lewis Morton (1846-1914)
Farmer, grain dealer, MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899), MLA (1900-1903).
Born at Hull, England on 10 June 1846, he was educated at The King’s School, Gloucester. He came to Canada in 1873 and farmed at Gladstone. He went into the grain business and later moved to Winnipeg, where he was a member of the firm of Morton and Pearson.
On 29 November 1876, he married Mary Honora Cory (1857-1940, daughter of Thomas Cory) at Gladstone. They had seven children: Thomas Morton (1877-?), Elizabeth Morton (1879-?, wife of Myles A. F. Custance), Margaret Morton (1881-1928, wife of Robert Jacob), William Morton, Frances Morton (1886-?, wife of Fred R. Nason), Joseph Knight Morton, and Francis Lewis Morton (1891-?). He was a member of the AF & AM, and was an adherent of the Anglican Church. After being defeated in the 1886 general election, he was elected Liberal MLA for Westbourne in the 1888 general election and was re-elected or acclaimed in 1892, 1896, and 1899. He was defeated by David Wilson in 1903. He also acted as Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Westbourne until 1905.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 343 Mountain Avenue, on 24 February 1914 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
“Former member of Legislature dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 February 1914, page 20.
“Mrs. H. M. Morton dies at age of 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]
We thank Anne Morton and Shawn Morton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 October 2018