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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Lewis Sifton (1858-?)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Middlesex, Ontario on 26 October 1858, son of John W. Sifton and Kate Watkins (c1834-1909), brother of Clifford Sifton, he was educated at public schools, Wesley College, and Victoria University. He was called to the bar in 1883 and moved to Alberta in 1889. He was elected a member of the Northwest Council in 1898 and was appointed Commissioner of Public Works for the North West Territories (1901), Chief Justice of the North West Territories (1903), and Chief Justice of Alberta (1907). He stepped down from the bench in May 1910 to become Premier of Alberta. He married Mary H. Deering of Cobourg, Ontario and they had one son and one daughter. He was a member of the Ranchman’s Club (Calgary) and Edmonton Club (Edmonton).

Sources:

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 December 2018

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