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Memorable Manitobans: William Bramwell Waddell (1857-1942)

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William Bramwell Waddell
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Farmer, MLA (1903-1907), MLA (1908-1910).

Born at Harrow, Essex County, Ontario on 4 January 1857, son of James Waddell, he was educated at Harrow. He came to Manitoba and took up farming. In 1901, he served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam and, two years later, as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Minto. He moved to Winnipeg in 1918 and to Middlechurch in 1927.

He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Minnedosa constituency in 1903, re-elected in 1907, but defeated in 1910 and 1914. On 12 March 1885, he married Agnes Elle Sanderson (1864-1942). They had five children: Irene Letitia Waddell (1886-?), Hugh George Waddell (1888-?), Ida Jemima Waddell (1891-?), Clarence James Waddell (1894-?), and Beryl Waddell (1899-?).

He died at his Middlechurch home on 13 January 1942.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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.

“William B. Waddell,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1942, page 4.

We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2018

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