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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Percy Fullerton (1870-1938)

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Charles Percy Fullerton
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Lawyer, judge.

Born at Amherst, Nova Scotia on 18 July 1870, son of William M. and Lucil Fullerton, he was educated at Dalhousie College. In 1895, he began practising law in Halifax, then removed to Sydney, Cape Breton in 1900, where he practised law until 1906 and served as Mayor (1903).

In 1906, he moved to Winnipeg and joined the law firm of Aikins, Robson, Fullerton & Coyne at 221 McDermot Avenue. He was a Conservative candidate in the 1910 provincial general election but was defeated by Donald Ross. In 1917, he was appointed a Justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal, and he served until 1931, when he became Chief Commissioner of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada. In 1934 he was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian National Railway.

In 1903, he married Ethel Sadie Ferguson (1882-1964) at Sydney, with whom he subsequently had four children: Frances Ethel Fullerton (1905-?, wife of Archibald C. McMillan), Dorothy Emma Fullerton (1906-?, wife of Hugh P. Ham), Gwendoline Isabel Fullerton (1910-?, wife of Edgar Norval Hunter), and Charles William Fullerton (1916-?, husband of Margaret Ruth Howitt).

He died at Winnipeg on 5 October 1938 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery. His honorary pallbearers were W. J. Tupper, E. A. MacPherson, R. M. Dennistoun, H. A. Robson, W. H. Trueman, F. G. Taylor, B. L. Daly, R. T. Ferguson, and Ward Wright.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Jurist dies, late C. P. Fullerton had colorful career,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1938, page 1.

“Funeral services conducted Friday for C. P. Fullerton,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1938, page 3.

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

We thank Margaret Michalski for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 September 2018

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