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Memorable Manitobans: Horace Wilson (1848-c1903)

Click to enlargeBusinessman, Mayor of Winnipeg (1900).

He was born in Ontario on 24 April 1848. Arriving in Winnipeg sometime before 1889, he was employed as a painter, residing at 148 Ellen Street. By 1891, he had entered into partnership with Simon A. D. Bertrand, who operated a paint and oil business at 180 Market Street. Four years later, the firm - a wholesale paint business - was known as Wilson & Company. Around this time, Wilson became active in civic politics, being elected as a Winnipeg city alderman. He held this position for five years until, in 1900, he was elected mayor. After his mayoral term ended, Wilson became a hardware merchant, as manager of Clare Brothers & Company, dealers in stoves and furnaces.

Wilson appears to have died circa 1903, survived by wife Mary and son Frederick Joseph.

He is commemorated by Wilson Street in Winnipeg.

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This profile is based on information compiled by historian Harry Shave.

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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