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Memorable Manitobans: Howard Robert Lawrence Henry (1884-1955)

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Howard Robert Lawrence Henry
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Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Wroxeter, Ontario on 26 December 1884, third in a family of five children born to W. Lawrence Henry and Esther Jane Bingham. The family moved to Winnipeg when he was eight years old and he attended the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute, graduating in 1902. He worked for two years in the Molson’s Bank then entered Manitoba College where he graduated with a BA degree in 1908, and received a Rhodes scholarship to attend Queen’s College at Oxford, England. While in college he was active in athletics, playing on championship basketball teams. He was called to the London Bar in October 1911 then returned to Winnipeg and was called to the Manitoba Bar in December 1911.

He practiced with the Winnipeg firm of Tench, Wallar, Henry & Carey (1911-1914) then served with the British Treasury at London, England (1920-1922) and Finance Department at Ottawa (1922-1927). In 1927, he was invited by Prime Minister Mackenzie King to joined his secretarial staff, serving first as political secretary and later as Chief Secretary. He was later Registrar of the Exchequer Court of Canada (1945-1955).

He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 11 June 1955 and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery.


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

“Canadian Rhodes scholars,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 February 1938, page 11.

“H. R. Henry former city lawyer dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 June 1955, page 10.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2019

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