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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Sharpe (1868-1942)

Merchant, MP (1908-1911), MP (1911-1917), Senator.

Born in Scott Township, Ontario on 19 April 1868, son of George Sharpe and Mary Ann Simpson, he attended Uxbridge (Ontario) public schools and Belleville (Ontario) Business College. After graduation he moved to Douglas, Manitoba and took up a homestead and later operated an implement business. In 1907 he moved to Manitou where he operated a general store. He was President of the R. A. Garret Company, and the Quebec Manitou Mining Company. During the First World War, he raised the 184th Battalion in 1916 and took it to England as Lieutenant-Colonel.

He was married twice, first to Cora A. Breston on 15 March 1891, and second to Ida J. Armstrong on 14 February 1900. He served as Councillor for Manitou from 1901 to 1907, and Mayor of Manitou in 1908. He was elected to the House of Commons for Lisgar in 1911 but resigned in July 1915 to stand as a candidate for Manitou in the Manitoba general election but was defeated. He was called to the Senate in February 1916. He died at Ottawa on 19 April 1942.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Parnell House (826 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968. Online version 2008, Manitoba Historical Society.

Biographical sketch of W. H. Sharpe, PARLINFO.

“Senator Sharpe of Manitou dies in East”, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 112]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2011

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