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Memorable Manitobans: John Silas Poole (1872-1963)

Click to enlargePhysician, MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949).

Born at Kemptville, Ontario on 25 June 1872, son of William Poole and Isabella Cranstoun, he was educated at Kemptville and Winnipeg.

On 10 July 1905 he married Mary Elizabeth McFadden, daughter of Moses McFadden of Neepawa, Manitoba. They had four children: Edith Mary Poole (b 1907, married to H. Murray Hunter), John Cranstoun Poole (b 1911), Alice Poole, and William Robert Poole.

He was President of the Manitoba Medical Association and the College of Physicians & Surgeons, and a member of the Dominion Medical Council. In 1932, he stood for election to the Manitoba Legislature but was defeated by A. J. M. Poole. He was elected at the 1936 general election and served three terms.

He died on 29 December 1963.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2011

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