Memorable Manitobans: Henry Thomson Champion (1847-1916)
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 28 November 1847, son of Thomas and Mary Champion, he was educated at Upper Canada College then was employed with the Bank of Montreal in Toronto from 1865 to 1869. In 1870, he came west as a sergeant with the Red River Expedition and remained for two years with the militia force serving in Manitoba. For almost eight years he was an accountant with the Merchants Bank in Winnipeg. In 1879 he entered partnership with William F. Alloway to form the banking house of Alloway and Champion. He was a director of the Northern Crown Bank and the Winnipeg Stock Exchange.
In 1882, he married Florida Grattan O’Donnell (?-?), daughter of J. H. O’Donnell, with whom he had four children: Beatrice Mary Harrison Champion (1883-?), Henry Sprague Champion (1885-?), Evelyn Champion (1892-?), and Helen Alloway Champion. He was a charter member of the Manitoba Club and the St. Charles Country Club, and a member of the Lake of the Woods Yacht Club and Anglican church. His recreations included outdoor sports, shooting, golf, lawn bowling, and bridge.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 January 2019
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