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Memorable Manitobans: John Willson Morrison (1883-1948)


Born at Simcoe, Ontario on 18 April 1883, he came to Manitoba in 1905 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. After being employed as principal of Treherne High School (1907-1909), he read law with Hugh John Macdonald and, in 1913, was called to the Manitoba Bar. He practiced law in Winnipeg until he was appointed on 15 October 1925 as referee and master of the Court of the King’s Bench for Manitoba.

Morrison was a deacon of the First Baptist Church, Winnipeg, and later a member of Westminster United Church, Winnipeg. A former President of the St. James Board of Trade, he was also active in municipal affairs. He and his wife Anne Frances Lamont (1888-1970, daughter of Thomas Jasper Lamont) of Treherne, who he married on 19 August 1914, shared three children: Keith Lamont Morrison, Elizabeth Frances Morrison, and Gwenda Margaret Morrison.

He died at his home, 180 Woodhaven Crescent, in St. James on 14 August 1948 and was later buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“J. W. Morrison, Manitoba court official, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 35]

Obituary [Anne F. Morrison], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1970.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 19 December 2021

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