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Memorable Manitobans: William Wallace Cory (1865-1943)

Civil servant.

Born at Strathroy, Ontario on 16 June 1865, son of Thomas Cory and Margaret Garrett, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1871 where they farmed near Gladstone. He studied law in Winnipeg and joined the staff of the Manitoba Attorney-General in 1889. Twelve years later, he joined the federal civil service, being Deputy Minister of the Interior from 1905 to 1930, and Commissioner of the North West Territories from 1919 to 1931. He died at Montreal, Quebec on 21 September 1943 and was buried at Ottawa. He is commemorated by Mount Cory in Banff National Park.

Sources:

“Thomas Cory, Manitoba pioneer, dead after long and useful life,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 October 1910, page 1. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“W. W. Cory buried in east,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 September 1943, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2019

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