Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Davidson (1853-1921)
Born in Cookstown, Ireland on 3 February 1853, he worked as a public accountant before emigrating to Canada and arriving at Winnipeg in 1887. He worked as an accountant for the firm of Harris & Son until 1897 when he went into partnership with Charles Henry Newton in the firm of Newton & Davidson. Three years later, the partners organized the North West Laundry Company. Davidson also owned farm land and livestock in Manitoba.
He was married to Elizabeth Mason (1857-1924). They had seven children: William R. Davidson (1881-?), James Albert Davidson, Henry P. Davidson (1884-?), Louisa F. Davidson (1886-?), John Mason Davidson (1889-?), Clark Wardlaw Davidson (1890-1958), and Eileen Davidson (1895-?). He was a charter member of the Carleton Club.
He died of pneumonia at his Winnipeg residence on 12 December 1921. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“A. Davidson Dies of Pneumonia” Newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
“Alexander Davidson Is dead of pneumonia,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 1921, page 4.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 December 2021