Memorable Manitobans: Edwin David Lynch (1860-1941)
Farmer, MLA (1903-1907), MLA (1908-1910).
Born at Middlesex, Canada West (now Ontario) on 20 August 1860, son of William David Lynch (?-?), nephew of Walter Lynch and James Spencer Lynch, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1871. He moved to California in 1874 and was educated at schools of Sacramento.
He returned to Manitoba in 1883 and settled on a homestead near Westbourne. He was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the Legislative Assembly at the 1899 provincial general election but was elected at the 1903 general election. He was reelected in 1907 but was defeated in 1910, being replaced by Charles Duncan McPherson.
In 1885, he married Christina Ann Morrison (1866-1942, daughter of David Morrison). They had five children: Helen Mary Lynch (1886-1970, wife of Thomas Shepherd), Charlotte Isabel Lynch (1887-1984), Lillian Lynch (1889-?), Catherine S. Lynch (1892-?), William Walter Lynch (1899-1970), and George Morrison Lynch (1910-1990).
He died at Winnipeg on 18 April 1941 and was buried in the Westbourne Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901, 1906 and 1911 Canada censuses, 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.
“E. D. Lynch, former M.L.A., dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 April 1941. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]
“E. D. Lynch,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1941, page 15.
Obituary [William Walter Lynch], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1970, page 31.
Obituary [Charlotte Isabel Lynch], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1984, page 48.
Death registrations [Helen Mary Shepherd, George Morrison Lynch], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Brad Lynch and Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 March 2022