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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas James Lawlor (1853-1937)

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Thomas James Lawlor
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General merchant, municipal official.

Born at North Sydney, Nova Scotia on 12 December 1853, son of Daniel Lawlor and Agnes Crawford, he left school at the age of 14 years and engaged in the grocery and hardware business at Dartmouth. In 1876 he took a business course and, from 1878 to 1882 was engaged in general business at North Sydney. He came to Manitoba in 1882 and settled at Pelican Lake where he established a general store. From 1883 to 1885 he was a travelling salesman for Thibaudeau Brothers. In 1886 he established one of the first stores at Killarney.

In 1886 he married Sarah Frances Brown, of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. They had seven children: George B. Lawlor (b 1887), James W. Lawlor (b 1889), Thomas Wilson Lawlor (b 1890), Agnes Crawford Lawlor (b 1892), Jessie B. Lawlor (b 1894), Frances I. Lawlor (b 1899) and Leonard Lawlor (b 1902). He served as Killarney town auditor and, in 1904, was elected Mayor of Killarney. He was a member of the AF & AM (Killarney Lodge No. 50), the IOOF, and the COF.

He died at Killarney on 17 February 1937.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 December 2015

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