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Memorable Manitobans: Tom Seaman (1857-1949)


Born at Hillcommon, Somerset, England on 27 April 1857, he came to Winnipeg in 1883 with four brothers and helped build the city’s first sewage system the same year. An early resident of Seamo, a settlement near Oak Point where he moved to in 1885, he worked there as postmaster, storekeeper, and secretary-treasurer of Rural Municipality of Posen. Sixteen years later, he relocated to Edrans where he farmed. There, he served the community as Police Magistrate, police commissioner, school trustee, and municipal assessor. Described in his obituary as “one of Manitoba’s oldest and best-known pioneers,” he also worked as an immigration agent, railroad signalman, telegrapher, and insurance agent.

An active member of the provincial Conservative Party, he helped organize Baldwin Larus Baldwinson’s successful campaign in the Gimli constituency. He also played a part in the overthrow of the Greenway government and originated the motion that admitted Rodmond Palen Roblin into the Conservative caucus. A member of the 90th Winnipeg Rifles, he also belonged to the Independent Order of Foresters and once served as the High Chief Ranger of the High Court of Manitoba. He and his wife Edith had six children: Archibald Seaman, Bert Seaman, William Seaman, Lucretia Seaman, Anne Seaman, and Edith Seaman.

He died at Brandon on 22 January 1949.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Builder of first city sewer dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 February 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 83]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 11 October 2014

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