Memorable Manitobans: Hannes Marino Hannesson (1884-1958)
Lawyer, MP (1926).
Born in Iceland on 27 November 1884, son of Hannes Hannesson and Palina Anna Johannesson, he came with his family to Winnipeg in 1886 where he was educated at local schools and the University of Manitoba. He articled in law to Archibald, Machray and Sharpe, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1905. He practiced in Winnipeg and Selkirk, retiring in 1940.
In 1916, he joined the 223rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving in France from May 1917 to October 1918, holding the ranks of Lieutenant (1916), Captain and Major (1916), and Lieutenant-Colonel (August 1917).
On 2 April 1913, he married Kristrun Johnson (?-?). They had one son and two daughters. The family lived at 77 Ethelbert Street (c1915). He was a Conservative candidate for Winnipeg Centre in the 1915 provincial general election. In 1925, he was elected to the House of Commons representing the Selkirk constituency as a Conservative but was defeated the 1926 general election. He was a Conservative candidate for the Rockwood constituency in the 1932 provincial general election. He was a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Manitoba Bar Associations, United Service Club, AF & AM, Adanac Club, Winnipeg Golf Club, and Anglican church.
He retired to Victoria, British Columbia in 1942 where he died on 11 June 1958.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 647.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 October 2021