Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
MHS
Fall
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: David Smith (1867-?)

Lawyer.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 15 November 1867, son of John B. Smith and Helen Scotland, the family emigrated to Canada when he was six years of age, settling at Galt, Ontario where he was educated. After graduating from high school, he taught school for six years then, in 1892, he came to Manitoba. He articled in law with Joseph Martin then moved to Gladstone where he opened a branch office of the law firm of Martin and Mathers. When the firm was dissolved, he took up law studies with Thomas Morton, son of T. L. Morton, and also worked in real estate and insurance. After five years, Morton retired and he was called to the Manitoba Bar, in 1907. He served as solicitor for the Town of Gladstone, Rural Municipality of Westbourne, Bank of Montreal, and Royal Bank (Plumas). He also owned 800 acres of farmland near Gladstone.

In 1898, he married Mary Isabella Nixon (1872-?) of Halton County, Ontario. They had six children: John Wilfrid Smith, James Nixon Smith (b 1902), Annie Marie Smith (b 1903), Helen Scotland Smith (b 1906), David Edward Smith (b 1910), and Lloyd Smith (b ?). He was a member of the Gladstone Town Council for two years, Mayor of Gladstone (1900-01), Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Westbourne (1915-1921), and Chairman of the Gladstone School Board for sixteen years. He was a member and President of the Gladstone Board of Trade. He was a member of the AF & AM, being Past Worshipful Master of Gladstone Lodge No. 11 and District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 2 (1924). In 1922, he unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Manitoba Legislature for the Gladstone constituency, representing the Liberal Party.

Sources:

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

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

Obituary [John W. Smith], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1963, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.