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Memorable Manitobans: John T. Mortimer (?-1908)

Labour leader, reformer.

Born in Scotland, he became president of Local 70 of the Journeyman Tailors’ Union of America (JTUA) in 1897, and in 1899-1900 served as president of the Winnipeg Trades and Labor Council. He was closely associated with Arthur W. Puttee and was Puttee’s election agent when he was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1900. From 1902 to 1906 he lived in Vancouver, running for office on several occasions. He returned to Winnipeg in 1906, eventually living with his wife’s family just south of the Manitoba border. He was drowned when he fell through the ice near Emerson. Mortimer was an “impossiblist” who sought radical socialistic reform.

More information:

John T. Mortimer, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIII, 718-19.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 31 March 2008

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