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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Kittson (1853-1883)

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Alexander Kittson
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Real estate agent, MLA (1879-1883), MLA (1883).

Born at West Lynne on 26 February 1853, son of Norman Wolfred Kittson and Elise Marion (?-?), he was educated at St. Boniface College. He was a member of the Board of Education for Manitoba. Defeated as a candidate for the St. Vital constituency in the 1878 provincial general election, he was elected in 1879 for the constituency of Ste. Agathe as a Liberal Conservative and acclaimed in the 1883 general election. At the time of his death, he was a member of the St. Boniface Board of Education, Treasurer for the Municipal of St. Boniface, Vice-President of the St. Jean Baptiste Association of Manitoba, and a real estate agent with the firm of LaRiviere, Kittson and Company. On 8 July 1875, he married Elise Gingras (c1856-1923, daughter of Antoine Gingras) and they had four children: Norman William Joseph Kittson (1875-1938), Annie Jane Kittson (1877-1960, wife of Joseph Cinq-Mars and Horace Chevrier), Virginie Kittson (1881-1886), and Louis Edmond Horace Kittson (1882-?). He died of smallpox at his St. Boniface residence on 27 April 1883.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kittson House (165 La Verendrye Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

1881 Canada census, Ancestry.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 28 April 1883, page 8.

Death registration [Elise Leveque], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 August 2020

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