Memorable Manitobans: William Morton (1884-1958)
Born at Gladstone on 3 July 1884, son of Thomas Lewis Morton and Mary Honora Cory (1857-1940), brother of J. K. Morton, he was educated at St. John’s College where he was a champion athlete. He served 14 years on the Westbourne council, four as councillor and ten as Reeve of Westbourne, before his election as MLA in 1927. Re-elected or acclaimed in 1932, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1949, and 1953, he held ministerial portfolios of Municipal Affairs (1939-1948), Public Utilities (1944-1953), Power Commissioner (1948-1953), Public Works (1950-1955), and Minister Without Portfolio (1955-1958). He declined to succeed Stuart Garson as Premier in 1948.
On 7 December 1907, he married Mary Mathilda Manwaring (1887-1959, sister of Frank Manwaring) of Birtle and they had six children: William Lewis Morton, Margaret Morton (1912-1981, wife of Brock Minaker Fahrni, daughter-in-law of Roy Christopher Fahrni), Dorothy Morton (1913-2001, wife of Kjartan Ingimundur Johnson), Francis Lionel “Frank” Morton (1918-?), Henry “Harry” Morton (?-?), and Honora “Nora” Morton (1927-2009, wife of George E. “Bud” Phillips).
Birth registrations [Dorothy Morton, Francis Lionel Morton], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.
Marriage registration [Dorothy Morton, Kjartan Ingimundur Johnson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Hon. William L. Morton, cabinet minister, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1958, page 4.
Obituary, Western Municipal News, March 1958, page 89.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank William Morton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 April 2023