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Memorable Manitobans: Brandur Jonson Brandson [Gudbrandur Jonsson] (1874-1944)


Born at Dalasysla, West Iceland on 1 June 1874, son of Jon Brandsson and Margret Gudbrandsdottir, they emigrated to the United States in 1878, residing first in Minnesota and later moving to North Dakota where they homesteaded. He was educated at North Dakota public schools, later attending Gustavus Adolphus College at St. Peter, Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1895. The next year, he entered the Manitoba Medical College, receiving his MD degree four years later. From 1901 to 1905, he practiced medicine at Edinburg, North Dakota then came to Winnipeg. In 1905 he married Adalbjorg Benson (?-?) of Winnipeg and they had a daughter, Margaret Brandson. His sister married his friend Olafur Bjornson. In 1944 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manitoba. He died on 21 June 1944.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Free Press Necrology Files,” Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

“Dr. B. J. Brandon dies at his home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 153]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 August 2019

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