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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Casimir Galt (1853-1936)

Lawyer, judge.

Born in Toronto, Ontario on 15 March 1853, son of Sir Thomas Galt and Lady Galt, brother of G. F. Galt, he was educated at Dr. Tassies’ School (Galt), Hellmuth College (London), Osgoode Hall (Toronto), and the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1876, after which he practised in Toronto from 1876 to 1896 then at Rossland, BC from 1897 to 1906. He came to Winnipeg and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1906, becoming a member of the firm of Tupper, Galt, Tupper, Minty and MacTavish. He was appointed a KC in 1909, then appointed to the Court of King’s Bench in 1912.

He presided controversially at the F. J. Dixon trial in 1919, one of the leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike, where he made little effort to hide his opinion that the plaintiff was guilty, especially in his summation to the jury. He retired in 1933.

He married Ella Grace Vivian in 1885, with whom he had four sons and two daughters.


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.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2014

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