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Memorable Manitobans: George Hastings Palmer (1881-1947)

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George Hastings Palmer
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Railwayman, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Caledonia, Nova Scotia on 26 April 1881, son of George H. Palmer and Elizabeth Thompson, he was educated at Yarmouth Academy (Nova Scotia). He worked in the railway business, with the Halifax and South Western, Canadian Pacific Railway (St. John), and Canadian Northern Railway (1906), and was a Train Dispatcher (1901-1933)..

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Dauphin constituency in 1920, serving a single term, being defeated in the 1922 election. He was defeated again the 1927 general election. He was elected Mayor of Dauphin in 1925.

In 1905, he married May Slocomb (?-?). They had no children. He was Past President of the Canadian Club of Dauphin, a Member of the Rotary Club, B.P.O.E., General Secretary-Treasurer of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers (1933-?), Canadian National Western Lines, a Member of the Masonic fraternity and Worshipful Master of Vermilion Lodge No. 68.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 16 January 1947 and was buried in the Highland Cemetery at Caledonia, Nova Scotia. He was commemorated by Palmer Street in Winnipeg.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1922.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“George Palmer, former Mayor of Dauphin dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1947, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 18 January 1947, page 43.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, April 1947, page 98.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 April 2022

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