Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Henry Smith (1848-1919)
Farmer, MLA (1886-1888), MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899), MLA (1900-1903).
Born in England on 3 July 1848, he emigrated to Canada in 1865 with Archbishop Robert Machray and established a farm in the Springfield district of Manitoba. He was a close personal friend of Colin Inkster and James H. Ashdown. Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1886, he was re-elected or acclaimed in 1888, 1892, 1896, and 1899 before being defeated in 1903.
He married Margaret Matheson (1849-1941) of Kildonan. They had nine children: Henry Smith (1875-?), Frederick William Smith (1877-?), Clarissa Smith (1879-?), Marion Smith (1881-?), Dollina Sarah Smith (1882-?), Lucy Norah Smith (1887-?), Thomas Howard Smith (1889-?), Maud Alman Smith (1891-?), and Ellen L. Smith (1892-?).
He died on his farm on 14 June 1919 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.
1891 Canada census, Ancestry.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
John Alexander Gemmill (editor), The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1887. Canadiana.org.
“Thomas H. Smith dead on Springfield farm,” newspaper clipping dated 17 June 1919. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
Death registration [Margaret Smith], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 August 2022