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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Lewis Shaw (1863-1911)

Lawyer, journalist.

Born at Perth, Ontario on 16 February 1863, son of MLA William McNairn Shaw and Eliza J. Shaw, he was educated at Trinity College (Toronto). He was called to Manitoba Bar in 1884 and practiced law at Edmonton where he was a popular after-dinner speaker. Later in 1884, he accompanied the Gordon Relief Expedition to Egypt as a correspondent for the Winnipeg Times newspaper. Afterwards he saw service in Turkey and as a Boer War correspondent for a syndicate of Canadian newspapers. In 1905, he married Isabelle Thompson of Toronto. They had no children. Around the time of his marraige, Shaw commenced employment with the Winnipeg Telegram newspaper. Toward the end of his life, he resumed the practice of law while continuing to do special work for the newspaper. He died at Winnipeg on 15 June 1911.


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.

“Newspaper man dies suddenly”, Winnipeg Telegram, 16 June 1911. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

“Charles Shaw dies of heart failure”, Manitoba Free Press, 16 June 1911, page 11.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2011

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