Memorable Manitobans: Leslie Hill McDorman (1879-1966)
Born at Great Village, Nova Scotia on 19 January 1879, he came to Brandon about 1901. He served on Brandon city council and in December 1943, he defeated fellow councillor Frank Williamson to become Mayor of Brandon (1944-1945). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1945 and served a single term. He and wife Clara Baynton (1876-1949) had seven children: Minnie Althea McDorman (1901-1979, wife of William Edward Peters), Robert Gerald McDorman (1903-1978, husband of Margareta May Biggs), Vera May Irene McDorman (1908-1937), Wilfred Roy “Billy” McDorman (1913-1918), Marion Jean McDorman (1914-1991, wife of Harold J. Simpson), Dorice Merle McDorman (1917-2006, wife of James W. McGregor), and Margaret “Marnie” McDorman (wife of James Lougheed Mills). He was a member of the Masons and IOOF. He moved to Rivers in 1962 and died there on 19 May 1966. He was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Co-eds’ prank ends in near tragedy when girl falls in escaping from locked room,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 March 1937, page 1.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1951.
“Former city mayor dies,” Brandon Sun, 20 May 1966, page 3.
Obituary [Jean Simpson], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1991, page 49.
Clara Baynton, FamilySearch.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 August 2020