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Memorable Manitobans: Leslie Alexander Mutch (1897-1977)

Educator, advertising executive, MP (1936-1940), MP (1940-1945), MP (1945-1949), MP (1949-1953).

Born at Crystal City on 14 January 1897, son of Alexander Mutch (1862-?) and Martha Ann Simpson (1865-1953), he served with Canadian forces during the First World War. Before and after the war, he attended the University of Manitoba (BA, MA) and was a teacher at Sanford School (1924-1925). He became district agent for the Confederation Life Association and an advertising executive with the T. Eaton Company at Winnipeg. During the Second World War, from 1940 to 1945, he served with the Second Battalion of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, attaining the rank of Major. On 28 June 1921, he married Corra M. Travis (?-?). He was elected to the House of Commons for Winnipeg South in 1935, re-elected in 1940, 1945 and 1949, but did not stand for re-election in 1953. From 1953 until retirement for health reasons in 1966, he was Deputy Chairman of the Canadian Pension Commission. He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 7 January 1977 and was buried in Ottawa Pine Crest Cemetery.

Sources:

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1977, page 97.

“Leslie Mutch,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 1977, page 83.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2017

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