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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.


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

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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