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Memorable Manitobans: William Blakeman Scarth (1895-1983)

Lawyer, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962).

Born at Virden on 24 May 1895, son of William Frederick Scarth and Ellen Elizabeth “Nellie” Blakeman (1864-1932), and brother of Harold St. Clair Scarth, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and received the Military Medal. In 1920 he graduated from the Manitoba Law School and practiced law at Flin Flon, Dauphin, The Pas, and Winnipeg. In 1950, he was made a King’s Counsel. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1940 federal election but was elected in 1958 to the Manitoba Legislature, representing the River Heights constitutency of Winnipeg. Re-elected in 1959, he did not stand for re-election in 1962 and, the next year, was appointed to the Manitoba Utilities Board. He served as President of the Manitoba Bar Association (1953-1954). He died on 9 March 1983.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1950, page 1.

“Scarth named to Manitoba Utilities Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1963, page 5.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 August 2021

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