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Memorable Manitobans: Paul Clark Nanton (1904-1992)

Businessman, historian.

Born at Winnipeg in February 1904, son of Augustus M. Nanton and Ethel Constance Clark (1873-1942), he worked for several years in the family firm of Osler, Hammond and Nanton, then with Moral Re-Armament. During the 1930s he was active with the Canadian Club where he proposed the citizenship ceremony now used for new citizens. In 1970, he wrote the book Arctic Breakthrough: Franklin's Expeditions 1819-1847 about Sir John Franklin. His last years were spent preparing a manuscript on the settlement of Western Canada during his father’s lifetime. It was published posthumously (2010) as Prairie Explosion: Setting the Pace for Canada, The Life and Times of Sir Augustus Meredith Nanton, 1860-1925. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Manitoba Club. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 8 February 1992.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

A. M. Nanton’s 41 Years in Winnipeg, 1883-1924
Manitoba History, Number 6, Fall 1983


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 1992, page 52.

We thank Ethel Mosley and David Nanton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2020

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