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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Henry Wright (1880-1944)

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Herbert Henry Wright
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Customs broker, MLA (1937-1940).

Born at Eugenia, Ontario on 2 October 1880, he lived in the vicinity of Emerson since he was two years old, later moving to Winnipeg. In September 1914, he enlisted in the 79th Queen`s Own Cameron Highlanders and went overseas with the 79th Battalion where he saw duty as a machine gunner. He was wounded in 1916 and returned to Canada in 1917. He returned overseas in 1918 with a railway battalion.

On 26 August 1909, he married Marie Eleanor Englebert (1889-1970) at Winnipeg. They had no children. Defeated as a Liberal candidate for the Emerson constituency in the 1927 provincial general election, he was elected in 1936 then defeated again in 1941.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 September 1944 and was buried in the Emerson Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Emerson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1941, page 10.

“Ex-M.L.A. dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 September 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary [Marie Eleanor Wright], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1970, page 26.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2021

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