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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Clarke Biggs (1851-1911)

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Samuel Clarke Biggs
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Lawyer, MLA (1878-1879).

Born at Ancaster, Wentworth County, Ontario, on 8 October 1851, the son of Richard Biggs and Eleanor Wood, he was educated at Ancaster, Victoria College (Cobourg), and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1872. He studied law in Toronto and came to Winnipeg in 1875, becoming senior partner in the law firm of Biggs, Dawson, and Curran.

He was one of the founders and principal proprietors of The Winnipeg Daily Sun, and was active in the Law Society of Manitoba. He helped to prepare the University Act and was a member of the original convocation of the University of Manitoba in 1877. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the constituency of St. Paul’s in 1878, and acted as Minister of Public Works for part of 1879.

He served as a Bencher of the Law Society from 1877 to 1886, and President from 1885 to 1886. He was a founding member of the Manitoba Historical Society in 1879, a Winnipeg School Trustee from 1879 to 1880 and School Superintendent from 1880 to 1881. He was a Liberal candidate for the Emerson constituency in the 1886 provincial general election but was defeated by incumbent Charles S. Douglas. He moved to St. Paul, Minnedosa in 1888, and returned to Toronto in 1892.

He died at Toronto, Ontario on 27 September 1911.


“Hon. Samuel Biggs dies at Toronto,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 September 1911. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 December 2018

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