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Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Munson (1859-1918)


Born at Cobourg, Ontario in 1859, he was educated at Victoria College then studied law at Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar. In the spring of 1881 he came to Manitoba and, the next year, formed a law partnership with George William Allan in the firm of Munson, Allan, Laird and Davis. He served as legal counsel for the Canadian Northern Railway and the Winnipeg Electric Railway Company from their inceptions. He was President of the Law Society of Manitoba from 1901 to 1904. He was a member of the Lakewood Country Club and the St. Charles Country Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 475 Wellington Crescent, on 8 February 1918 and was buried in Cobourg, Ontario. The site of his home was later turned into a public park.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Munson Park (Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)


“Pioneer lawyer of Winnipeg dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 February 1918, page 49.

The Law Society of Manitoba, 1877-1977, edited by Cameron Harvey, Peguis Publishers Limited, 1977, pages 229-230.

Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 November 2015

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