Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Northcote Baird (1877-1963)
Born at Montreal, Quebec in 1877, son of John Baird, he was educated at a Montreal public school.
In 1902, he came to Winnipeg and commenced a career in the export grain business, as a stock, bond and grain broker with the firm of Baird and Botterell in the Grain Exchange Building, Winnipeg. He served on the council of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, being its President (1908-1909). In 1919, during the Winnipeg General Strike, he was Chair of the Finance Committee of the Citizen’s Committee of 1,000. In 1924, he returned to Montreal to become head of the National Steel Car Company.
In 1904, he married Lillian Edith Pender (?-?) of Montreal. They had two children: John Northcote Baird (1906-?) and Cecile Elizabeth Baird (1910-?). He was a member of the Manitoba Club and St. Charles Country Club (President, 1923-1924). He lived at 384 Wardlaw Avenue (1904-1905).
He died at Montreal, Quebec on 13 May 1963.
Birth registrations [John Northcote Baird, Cecil Elizabeth Baird], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
“Hugh N. Baird dies in Montreal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1963.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 May 2023