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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Reginald Cannon (1866-1951)

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Charles Reginald Cannon
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Farmer, MLA (1923-1927).

Born at Southport, Lancashire, England on 24 November 1866, son of Reverend J. D. Cannon MA, of Peterhouse, Cambridge, England, and Catherine Sakeyne of Hopehouse, England. He was educated at Harborne Vicarage (near Birmingham), Preparatory School, and Liverpool College (Upper School). He came to Manitoba in May 1885 and settled on a farm in the vicinity of Belmont.

On 23 December 1888, he married Adah Wigham (?-1940) of Warwickshire, England. They had two daughters: Catherine Cannon and Daphney Cannon (wife of John Richardson). He was a member of the IOOF, Masons, and Anglican Church. His recreations included cricket and tennis.

He served as first Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Strathcona, occupying the position for seven and a half years. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ninette Sanatarium from its inception, was a Police Magistrate, and served on a Military Tribunal during the First World War. In 1922, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Mountain constituency, re-elected in a 1923 by-election, and serving as Minister of Education (1923 to 1927), Minister of Health (1924 to 1927), and Provincial Secretary and Provincial Lands Commissioner (1927). He was defeated in the 1927 general election and returned to private life.

He died at Belmont on 9 June 1951 and was buried in the Belmont Cemetery.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1927.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 179, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Former minister in Manitoba govt. dies at Belmont,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 June 1951, page 10.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (Deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 June 2018

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