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Memorable Manitobans: George Clingan (1868-1944)

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Physician, soldier, MLA (1914-1915), MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1921-1922).

Born in Dufferin County, Ontario on 28 March 1868, son of Fleming Clingan and Mary Ann Cumberland, he was educated in Orangeville. He came to Manitoba where he taught at Galt School (1890-1891). He then trained as a physician and surgeon, and also became a Major in the 12th Manitoba Dragoons. He began his military career with the Dragoons in 1898, and saw service overseas. On 17 September 1902, he married Ida Thompson at Winnipeg. They had a daughter Dorothy Mary Clingan (1904-?). He served as Mayor of Virden from 1908 to 1909. He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the 1914 provincial election, defeating Conservative incumbent Harvey C. Simpson in the riding of Virden. He was re-elected in 1915 but defeated in 1920 and 1922. He was President of the Manitoba Medical Association (1936-1937) and was made an honorary member in 1942. He was a member of the AF & AM (Lebanon Lodge) and the IOOF. He died at Virden on 24 January 1944 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was buried in the Virden Cemetery.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.

“Dies following car accident,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 147]

Lenore and Districts Homecoming, 1906-1979, c1979.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2018

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