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Memorable Manitobans: William Cyprian Pinkham (1844-1928)

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Born at St. Johns, Newfoundland on 11 November 1844, son of William and Anne Pinkham, both of Devonshire, England, he was educated at St. John’s and St. Augustine’s College (Canterbury, England) from 1865 to 1868. He was ordained a deacon in 1868, and a priest in 1869. He came to Red River Settlement in September 1868, and was the incumbent at St. James (1868-1881). He was Archdeacon of Manitoba and Canon of St. John’s Cathedral (1882-1887), Rector at All Saints Anglican (1883), and Superintendent of Education for Protestant schools of Manitoba (1871-1883). He was Bishop of Saskatchewan (1887-1903), and Bishop of Calgary starting in 1888.

On 29 December 1868, he married Jean Anne Drever of Winnipeg, with whom he had three sons and three daughters. In 1879, he was a founding member of the Manitoba Historical Society.

There are papers in the Rupert’s Land Archives.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pinkham School (765 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pinkham School No. 269 (1885-1953)

Selections from the Unpublished Autobiography of the Right Rev. William Cyprian Pinkham
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 19, No. 1, Autumn 1973.

Selections from the Unpublished Recollections of Mrs. W. C. Pinkham, an early Manitoban, Part 1
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 19, No. 2, Winter 1974.

Selections from the Unpublished Recollections of Mrs. W. C. Pinkham, Part 2
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 19, No. 3, Spring 1974.

Selections from the Unpublished Recollections of Mrs. W. C. Pinkham, Part 3
Manitoba Pageant, Vol. 20, No. 1, Autumn 1974.

William Cyprian Pinkham by Keith Wilson (1986).


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 July 2017

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