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Memorable Manitobans: George Henry Davis (1872-1941)


Born at London, England on 14 May 1872, he came to Manitoba at the age of 14 and worked on a farm established by E. F. Heath. After attending the Brandon Normal School, he taught public school for a short time. He came to Winnipeg in 1894 and entered Manitoba College. After graduation he taught French at the college for two years then, in 1900, he articled as a law student with the firm of Munson and Allan. He was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1903 and was made a King’s Counsel in 1925.

On 1 January 1904, he married Margaret Isabella Clark (1871-1954) at Winnipeg. They had four children: Dorothy Davis (1904-?), Margaret Corbett “Peggy” Davis (1906-?, wife of William James Elmsley Brisbin), George Clark Davis (1908-?), and Elliott R. Davis (?-?). He was a President of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg (1921-1922), and a member of the International Institute of Foreign Affairs, Engineers’ Institute of Canada, St. Charles Country Club, Manitoba Club, Motor Country Club, and Knox United Church. He had a summer home on Treaty Island in Lake of the Woods.

He died at Winnipeg on 27 May 1941 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Society,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 May 1929, page 12.

“George H. Davis, leading lawyer, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 May 1941. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary [Margaret Isabella Davis], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1954, page 24.

We thank William Corbet “Bill” Brisbin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 June 2019

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