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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Davidson (1853-1921)

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Alexander Davidson
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Accountant, businessman.

Born in Cookstown, Ireland on 3 February 1853, he worked as a public accountant before emigrating to Canada and arriving at Winnipeg in 1887. He worked as an accountant for the firm of Harris & Son until 1897 when he went into partnership with Charles Henry Newton in the firm of Newton & Davidson. Three years later, the partners organized the North West Laundry Company. Davidson also owned farm land and livestock in Manitoba.

He was married to Elizabeth Mason (1857-1924). They had seven children: William R. Davidson (1881-?), James Albert Davidson, Henry P. Davidson (1884-?), Louisa F. Davidson (1886-?), John Mason Davidson (1889-?), Clark Wardlaw Davidson (1890-1958), and Eileen Davidson (1895-?). He was a charter member of the Carleton Club.

He died of pneumonia at his Winnipeg residence on 12 December 1921. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dagg House (39 West Gate, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“A. Davidson Dies of Pneumonia” Newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“Alexander Davidson Is dead of pneumonia,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1921, page 4.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2021

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