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Memorable Manitobans: Ivan Schultz (1891-1974)

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Ivan Schultz
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Lawyer, MLA (1930-1932), MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), judge.

Born at Baldur on 22 November 1891, son of Frank Albert Schultz and Margaret Maria MacPhail, brother of Stuart Duncan Schultz and Otto Reginald Schultz, he was educated at Baldur School and Wesley College. He was articled in law to A. B. Elliott of Winnipeg, later to Kennedy & Kennedy, also of Winnipeg. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in May 1920, and practised at The Pas for George McLelland while he was overseas (eight months). He went to Baldur in 1921. He served as Solicitor for the Union Bank, the Rural Municipality of Argyle, and the Rural Municipality of Strathcona. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1937. He was Secretary of the Town Board of Baldur, and Secretary of the School Board.

He was acclaimed a Liberal MLA in January 1930, replacing Irving Moffat Cleghorn who had died. He was re-elected in 1932, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1949, and 1953. From 1936 to 1944 he served as Minister of Education, adding the post of Minister of Libraries and Archives in 1942. As minister, he introduced a program of rural scholarships. From 1944 to 1952 he was Minister of Health and Public Welfare, and was responsible for establishing rural hospitals in the province. He was Attorney-General from 1953 to 1955, when he became a Justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal. During his last six months on the bench he was Acting Chief Justice. He retired in 1966.

He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Canadian Nature Federation, Canadian Humanities Association, Natural History Society of Manitoba, United Nations Association, Manitoba Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Manitoba Historical Society, and Masonic Lodge (Strathcona Lodge No. 117).

He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 5 March 1974.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1974, page 31.

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

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2021

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