Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Harvey “Fred” Davidson (1865-1935)
Contractor, municipal official, Mayor of Winnipeg (1917-1918).
Born at Brockville, Ontario on 21 August 1865, he came west in 1883 and, the next year, established the contracting firm of Davidson Brothers with his brothers Albert T. Davidson and Alexander Davidson. He served on the Winnipeg City Council (1912-1916) and was Mayor (1917-1918), defeating David John Dyson. Following his term, he returned to the council, serving from 1920 to 1929, and again from 1932 to 1933. He was President of the Winnipeg Builders’ Exchange (1912).
On 4 January 1899, he married Hannah Elizabeth Carr (c1871-1955) at Portage la Prairie and they had one daughter, Verna May Davidson (1904-1983, wife of William Dudley Ackland). He was a member of the Canadian Club, Kiwanis, Odd Fellows, Canadian Order of Foresters, and Loyal Order of Moose.
He died at Winnipeg on 27 August 1935 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Alderman Davidson succumbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1935.
Obituary [Elizabeth Davidson], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1955, page 12.
Obituary [Verna May Ackland], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1983, page 62.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 March 2022