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Memorable Manitobans: William Martin (1887-1954)

Lawyer, stockbroker.

Born at Winnipeg on 5 December 1887, son of William Martin and Katherine MacMillan (1864-1960), he was head of the stock brokerage firm of Clark, Martin and Company. In 1915, he married Evelyn Galt (1894-1926, daughter of John Galt) and they had three children: William Galt Martin (1917-1993), John Martin (?-?), and Elizabeth Martin (?-?). He was a member of the Lakewood Country Club. His company declared bankruptcy in the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash. In the spring of 1932, Martin was found guilty of embezzling over $284,000 from his firm’s clients. He was disbarred and sentenced to 18 months in Headingley Gaol. He later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he died on 6 June 1954. His cremains were buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robinson House (703 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Mrs. Evelyn Martin dies in Minneapolis,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 July 1926, page 3.

“Machray and Martin are struck off roll,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1932.

William Galt Martin, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2020

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