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Memorable Manitobans: John Mowat Turner (1900-1945)

Hotel manager and brewery salesman, MP (1936-1940), MP (1940-1945).

Born at Beausejour, Manitoba on 28 May 1900, son of Samuel Turner and Jean Walker Mowat, he attended school at Beausejour and Wesley College, then became a hotel manager at Winnipeg. For the last couple of years of his life, he was a salesman for Shea’s Brewery. He married Rose Olinzek Golden on 15 November 1930. He was elected to the House of Commons for Springfield in 1935, re-elected 1940.

He died at Gonor, Manitoba of a heart attack, on 24 February 1945, while still in office. He was buried in the Beausejour Cemetery.


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

“John Turner dies suddenly” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1945. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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