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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice [Lord Lansdowne] (1845-1927)

Governor-General of Canada (1883-1888).

He was born on 14 January 1845 at Lansdowne House, Berkley Square, London, England. Following his education at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, he became involved in British politics. He served as lord of the treasury from 1868 to 1872, under-secretary for war 1872-74, and under-secretary for India in 1880. On 23 October 1883, he was appointed Governor-General of Canada, in which capacity he served until 1888. At the conclusion of his duties in Canada, he was viceroy of India until 1893. He held the office of secretary of war from 1895 to 1900, after which he was foreign secretary for five years.

During his tenure as the Canadian Governor-General, he toured Western Canada during the summer of 1885. He travelled as far west as British Columbia, crossing unfinished sections of the Canadian Pacific Railway by wagon, horseback, and steamboat.

Lord Lansdowne died on 3 June 1927, in Ireland.

He is commemorated by Lansdowne Avenue in Winnipeg.

Page revised: 30 November 2008

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