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Memorable Manitobans: Paul Clark Nanton (1904-1992)

Businessman, historian.

Born at Winnipeg in February 1904, son of Augustus M. Nanton and Ethel Constance Clark (1873-1942), he worked for several years in the family firm of Osler, Hammond and Nanton, then with Moral Re-Armament. During the 1930s he was active with the Canadian Club where he proposed the citizenship ceremony now used for new citizens. In 1970, he wrote the book Arctic Breakthrough: Franklin's Expeditions 1819-1847 about Sir John Franklin. His last years were spent preparing a manuscript on the settlement of Western Canada during his father’s lifetime. It was published posthumously (2010) as Prairie Explosion: Setting the Pace for Canada, The Life and Times of Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton, 1860-1925. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Manitoba Club. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 8 February 1992.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

A. M. Nanton’s 41 Years in Winnipeg, 1883-1924
Manitoba History, Number 6, Fall 1983

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 1992, page 52.

We thank Ethel Mosley and David Nanton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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