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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Irene Tennant (1898-1989)

Educator, municipal politician.

Born at Winnipeg on 4 May 1898, daughter of Robert and Irene Emerson, she taught at Tremaine School (1916-1917) before returning to Winnipeg where she taught at Cecil Rhodes School (1917-1922), Norquay School (1922-1923), exchange in London, England (1923-1924), Victoria School (1924-1928), Somerset School (?-?), and Hugh John Macdonald School (1930-1934).

On 29 September 1934, she married widower Ernest Robert Tennant (1877-1975) at Winnipeg and adopted his two children. She served for six years on the school board and for 10 years on Winnipeg City Council as alderwoman. She was Deputy Mayor in 1964-1965. She retired in 1967 and became the first female member of the Bible Society Board. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Save The Children Fund. In 1968, she was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award for meritorious service to Manitoba.

She died at Winnipeg on 13 April 1989 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blair House (25 West Gate, Winnipeg)


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“10 Manitobans get Golden Boy Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1968.

Obituary [Ernest Robert Tennant], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1975, page 39.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1989.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2021

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