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Memorable Manitobans: William Egerton Perdue (1850-1933)

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Lawyer, judge.

Born at Brampton, Ontario on 20 June 1850, son of Irish immigrants Michael Perdue and Margaret Caser, he was educated at Brampton Public School, Brampton Grammar School, and the University of Toronto. He served as Headmaster of the Brampton High School and engaged in newspaper work with the Toronto Globe while studying law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1879.

He came to Manitoba in 1882 and practised law in Winnipeg with the firms of Bain, Blanchard, Mulock and Perdue, later Perdue and Robinson, and still later Perdue and Rothwell. In August 1903, he was appointed to the Court of King’s Bench, to the Court of Appeal in 1907, and Chief Justice in 1918. He served as Secretary and President of the Manitoba Law Society from 1898 to 1901. He retired in 1929.

On 9 January 1885, he married Mary Fairbanks MacDonnell (1858-?) of Whitby, Ontario. They had three children: Charles Egerton Perdue (1886-?), Olive Margaret Perdue (1887-?), and Mowbray MacDonnell Perdue.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 24 Carlton Street, on 17 January 1933 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Hon. W. E. Perdue, former Chief Justice of Manitoba, dies of influenza attack,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 January 1933. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

We thank William J. Perdue for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 February 2019

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