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Memorable Manitobans: George William Andrews (1869-1943)

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George William Andrews
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Businessman, MP (1917-1921).

Born in Oxfordshire, England on 9 September 1869, son of George Andrews and Jane Walter, he immigrated to Manitoba in 1890, settling on a farm at Springfield. He later moved to Winnipeg and entered the real estate business. During the First World War, he served as a Major with the 90th Rifles in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was elected to the Union Parliament in 1917 from Winnipeg Centre as a Conscriptionist. He ran as an Independent in the 1921 general election but was defeated.

On 1 May 1889, he married Louisa Mary Waddington (1867-1954) and they had three children: George Frank Andrews (1893-1952), Marjorie Jane Andrews (1891-1954, wife of John W. Battershill), and Margaret Muriel Andrews (c1900-c1953). He was a member of the Winnipeg Rifle Club (President, 1904) and the Military Institute of Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg, of a heart attack while walking on Portage Avenue, on 5 November 1943. He was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


“Major G. W. Andrews, veteran soldier, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 November 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 142]

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

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2018

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