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Memorable Manitobans: George Poddester Renouf (1879-1961)

Click to enlargeFarmer, MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957).

Born in Jersey, the Channel Islands, he came to Canada in 1898 and arrived at Bowsman, Manitoba in 1899. He farmed in the Swan River Valley until 1955. He entered politics in 1907, when he was elected to the Bowsman school board. As a politician he never lost an election. He served as school board secretary and Reeve of Minitonas from 1921 to 1932, before entering the Manitoba legislature. He was also president of the Minitonas Red Cross from 1922. He was first elected as Conservative MLA for Swan River in 1932, and sat in the Legislative Assembly until 1958. He left the Progressive Conservatives in 1949 to serve as leader of an Independent coalition group. In the House he was known as a man who looked after his constituents. He retired to Victoria, BC in 1959.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 125]

Page revised: 11 October 2009

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