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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Irene Tennant (1898-1989)

Municipal politician.

Born at Winnipeg on 4 May 1898, daughter of Robert and Irene Emerson, she taught in schools at La Riviere and Rapid City before returning to Winnipeg where she taught in public schools for many years until 1934 when she married Ernest R. Tennant. She later served for six years on the school board and for 10 years on Winnipeg City Council as alderwoman. She was deputy mayor in 1964-65. She retired in 1967 and became the first female member of the Bible Society Board. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Save The Children Fund. In 1968, she was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award for meritorious service to Manitoba. She died on 13 April 1989 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“10 Manitobans get Golden Boy Awards”, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1989.

Page revised: 20 November 2009

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