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Memorable Manitobans: William Armand Donald (1849-1913)

Click to enlargeLawyer, banker.

Born in Northumberland County, Ontario on 9 June 1849, son of Alexander Donald and Jean Scott, he was educated at the Kingston Collegiate Institute and Queen’s University, graduating from the latter in 1873. He taught at the Almonte High School then studied law at Alliston and Toronto, being called to the Ontario Bar in 1879 and practicing at Orangeville until 1882 when he moved to Winnipeg, spending six months there before going to Pilot Mound, Manitoba. The next year, he and a partner started the banking business of Fraser and Company. They sold the business to the Bank of Toronto in 1907.

On 4 July 1883, he married Lucy Holden of Orangeville, Ontario. They had a daughter, Una Florimel Donald (b 1885, wife of lawyer A. M. H. Smith). He was a member of the Masons (Minden Lodge) and the Pilot Mound Presbyterian Church. He served as Mayor of Pilot Mound in 1884 and 1885 and Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Louise.

He died at Virden, Manitoba on 22 April 1913.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 28 December 2009

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