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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Knight Morton (1889-1965)


Born at Gladstone, Manitoba on 1 July 1889, son of Thomas L. Morton and Mary Honora Cory, brother of William Morton, he was educated at Gladstone, St. John’s College School, St. John’s College, and the Manitoba Law School, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in November 1913. During the First World War, he served in the 43rd Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, retiring with the rank of Captain. He then worked as a solicitor for Winnipeg School Division No. 1, retiring in July 1963. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1936. He and wife Mabel Dack had two sons: Stewart K. Morton and John A. Ekpaha-Mensah. He died at Winnipeg on 14 December 1965 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


“Six Manitoba barristers appointed King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1936, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1965, page 48.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 July 2013

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