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Memorable Manitobans: Leland Payson Bancroft (1880-1951)

Farmer, MP (1922-1925), MP (1926-1930).

Born at Walton, Nova Scotia on 6 August 1880, son of Edwin A. Bancroft and Minerva Hamilton, he was educated at the Walton Public School, Truro High School, and Halifax Commercial College. He moved to Manitoba and became at farmer at West Kildonan. On 27 June 1906, he married Mary Dowsett (?-?) and they had four children. Bancroaft was elected to the House of Common for the Selkirk constituency in 1921, as a Progressive. He was defeated in 1925, re-elected in 1926 as a Liberal Progressive and defeated in 1930. He later worked as a traveller for United Grain Growers. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 27 February 1951 and was buried there.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“L. P. Bancroft, 70, former M.P., dies in Vancouver,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 June 2017

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