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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Humphries Montague (1858-1915)

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Walter Humphries Montague
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Physician, MLA (1911-1914), MLA (1914-1915).

Born in Adelaide Township, Middlesex County, Ontario on 21 November 1858, son of Joseph and Rhoda Montague, brother of John W. Montague, he was educated at public schools, high schools, and Woodstock College (Woodstock, Ontario). He studied medicine at the University of Toronto and received his MD from Victoria College, Cobourg in 1882.

He practised medicine at Dunnville, Ontario until 1900. In 1890 he was elected Member of Parliament for Haldimand. He was appointed Secretary of State, then Minister of Agriculture in 1895. He was defeated in the 1900 general elections. He moved to Winnipeg in 1908, where he worked as a financial agent. He was elected MLA for Kildonan in 1911, 1913, and 1914 (by three votes). He served as Minister of Public Works in the Roblin government, which involved him in the scandal over the construction of the Legislative Building.

He married Angie Furry (?-?), daughter of Elias Furry JP, in 1879. They had two daughters and two sons, F. F. Montague and J. P. Montague. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Hamilton Club (Hamilton, Ontario), and Rideau Club (Ottawa). He was a keen golfer.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 November 1915.


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The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 July 2019

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