Memorable Manitobans: George Thomas Armstrong (1881-1941)
Lawyer, MLA (1915-1920), judge.
Born at Carleton County, Ontario on 19 February 1881, son of Hugh and Eliza Armstrong, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1881 and was educated at Manitoba public schools, St. John’s College, and the University of Manitoba. He taught briefly at Darlington School (1900-1901) and New Haven School (1901), then studied law with W. F. Ellis, and later practiced at Manitou until his appointment as a judge.
From 1915 to 1920 he served in the Manitoba Legislature for the Manitou constituency but was defeated in the 1920 general election. In 1929 he became a County Court judge, succeeding Corbet Locke. He served as a bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba.
On 11 July 1907, he married Margaret Ethel McTavish (1879-1955) at Manitou. They had no children. He was an member of the Anglican church, Masons, and IOOF (Grand Master, 1917-1918). His recreations included motoring, curling, shooting, and tennis.
He died at Morden on 9 September 1941 and was buried in the Manitou Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Name Armstrong Grand Master of Manitoba I.O.O.F.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 March 1917, page 5.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Geo. Armstrong named county court judge,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 May 1929. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
“County court judge dies in Manitou,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1941, page 2.
“Judge G. Armstrong buried at Manitou,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1941, page 16.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 August 2022