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Memorable Manitobans: John Thompson Huggard (1867-1938)

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John Thompson Huggard
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Born at Listowel, Ontario on 13 June 1867, son of Richard Thompson Huggard and Esther Mulvey, he came to Winnipeg in August 1872 and was educated at the old Point Douglas school, Carlton School, and Manitoba College. He studied law, was called to the Manitoba Bar, then practiced law in partnership with J. E. P. Prendergast and later with the firm of Huggard and Huggard.

He served as Director and Chairman of Executive Board of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, was joint editor for five years of Western Law News at Victoria, British Columbia, and was editor and publisher of the Manitoba Law Times.

He was married twice. With his first wife, Lillian Isobel Chalmers (1876-1913), he had five children: Lillian Harmon Huggard (1895-1923), Helen Esther Huggard (1896-?), John Chalmers Huggard (1898-1986), Dorothy Grace Huggard (1904-?), Richard Chalmers Huggard (1906-1965), Geraldine Huggard Law (1909-1970), and Irene Lillian Millicent Huggard (1911-1915). He had two daughters, Mary Huggard and Elizabeth Cary Huggard (1919-2005), with his second wife Martha Lockett Thompson. He served as Secretary of the Manitoba Historical Society and was a member of the Knights of Pythias. In 1911, he lived at 391 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 25 April 1938 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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.

Texas Marriage Index via, FindAGrave.

Texas Births & Christenings via; US Social Security Death Index; FindAGrave.

“J. T. Huggard, Winnipeg, barrister, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1938. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

We thank Denis Huggard, Amy Smith, and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 March 2020

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