Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 139 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop


No. 86

MHS Summer
Field Trip

This Old



Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: John Robertson Pitt (1885-1971)

Click to enlargeHardware merchant, builder and contractor, funeral director, MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953).

Born on 1 July 1885, at Carluke, Ontario, son of James Pitt and Mary D. King, he was educated at Oneida Public & High Schools. Arriving in Manitoba in 1901 as a temporary farm worker, he returned each of the next two years, finally settling in the Pierson district and going into the building and contracting business. He was responsible for construction of many of the homes in Tilston, Manitoba after the railway reached there in 1907. On 17 December 1913 he married Isabelle Hardy, daughter of George Hardy of Aberdeen, Scotland. They had three children: Kathleen, Grace Elizabeth, and John. He was Chairman of the Pierson School Board from 1918 to 1930, a member of the AF & AM and IOOF. He was elected by acclamation to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election held in July 1935, and re-elected at the 1936 general election. Liberal-Progressive. United Church of Canada. Address: Box 104, Pierson, Manitoba.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.

“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 127]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2013

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2018 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.