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Memorable Manitobans: David Marr Walker (1835-1920)

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David Marr Walker
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Lawyer, MLA (1878-1879), MLA (1879-1883), judge.

Born at Woodhouse, Norfolk County, Ontario on 3 October 1835, son of Solomon and Sarah Walker, he was educated at Norfolk County public schools, University of Toronto, and Osgoode Hall. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1860 then practiced in Simcoe County from 1860 to 1870. He came to Winnipeg in 1870 as an officer with the Wolseley Expedition. After leaving the service he began the practice of law, serving as the first solicitor of the City of Winnipeg, from 1874 to 1878. He was a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba from 1877 to 1881. In 1856, he was married to Anna Bella Anderson (1835-1921). Their son was Geoffrey Henry Walker. In 1878, he was elected a member of the Manitoba Legislature, and served as Attorney General from 1878 to 1882. In the latter year, he became Judge of the County Court for the Western Judicial District, transferring to Winnipeg in 1893. He retired from the court in 1914. From 1911 he was also a police magistrate for the City of Winnipeg. He helped to found the Manitoba Jockey Club and the Manitoba Club. He died at Venice, California on 16 February 1920 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. His papers are held at the Archives of Manitoba.


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.

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Manitoba As I Saw It: 1869 to Date, With Flash-Lights on the First Riel Rebellion

This book contains biographies ofsome prominent Manitobans in the early 20th century. It was written by Dr. John H. O’Donnell, and published by the Musson Book Company at Toronto in 1909. Most of those featured in the book were living at that time, so no information on death dates was provided. Where possible, these have been added to this online version.

Online version 2008, Manitoba Historical Society.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

“Judge Walker dies on coast,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 February 1920, page 15.

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

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 December 2018

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