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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas William Bird (1883-1958)

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

Born at Killington, Westmorland, England on 4 May 1883, son of Joseph Bird and Agnes Slack, he married Maude M. Fairhead on 16 July 1909 and came to Canada in 1911, becoming a Methodist Minister (later a Minister of the United Church of Canada) in Canada. He was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive for the Nelson (Manitoba) constituency in 1921, re-elected in 1925 and 1926, defeated in 1930. He resumed his ministry at Gatineau, Quebec and later at Richmond, Ontario. He retired in 1949, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg in 1950, and died at St. Thomas, Ontario on 9 June 1958. He is commemorated by the Bird siding on the Herchmer Subdivision of the Hudson Bay Railway.

Sources:

“Ex-Manitoba MP dies in Ontario,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1958, page 36.

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: 20 July 2018

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