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Memorable Manitobans: William Graham Ferguson (1896-1964)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Winnipeg on 10 February 1896, he attended Machray School and Alexandra School then the Central Collegiate. During the First World War, he served in the 184th Canadian Infantry Battalion and saw action at Vimy Ridge in 1917 before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1921. He practised law in Minnedosa from 1925 to 1960, being made a King’s Counsel in 1941, and serving as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba (1952-1960), before his appointment to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. He served as President of the Manitoba Bar Association (1959-1960) and President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1951-1952). He died at Winnipeg on 15 July 1964.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Seven members of Manitoba Bar are appointed King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 5.

“Ferguson appointed to Queen’s Bench post”, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 8]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1964, page 12.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2019

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