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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Hall Smith (1846-1928)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Cobourg, Ontario on 17 December 1846, son of Sidney Smith, he worked as a lawyer at Peterborough, Ontario. He was a personal friend of Sir John A. Macdonald. After serving as an organizer for the Ontario Conservative Party, he was rewarded in 1884 with the post of Dominion Lands Commissioner for Manitoba and the North West Territories. He moved to Winnipeg to take up this job and remained in the city for the remainder of his life. He died on 11 March 1928 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Father of W. H. Smith.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Henry H. Smith dies from sudden attack,” newspaper clipping dated 12 March 1928. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2014

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