David Wesley Bole

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David Wesley Bole
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Member of Parliament for Winnipeg
In office
January 11, 1905 September 17, 1908
Preceded by Arthur Puttee
Succeeded by Alexander Haggart
Personal details
BornFebruary 15, 1856
Watford, Canada West
DiedJune 24, 1933(1933-06-24) (aged 77)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s)Isabella Lennox
OccupationPharmacist, wholesaler

David Wesley Bole (February 15, 1856 June 24, 1933) was a Canadian pharmacist, businessman, and politician.

Born in Watford, Warwick Township in Lambton County, Canada West, the eldest son of Irish immigrants, James and Anne Bole, Bole was educated in Watford Public School and at Woodstock College. He worked as an editor of a Watford newspaper before studying pharmacy. He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1880. He married Isabella Lennox and moved to Regina in 1882 where he opened a drug store. In 1885, he moved to Winnipeg and founded the Bole Drug Company Limited in 1898.

He was an alderman on the Winnipeg City Council and President of the Board of Trade of Winnipeg. For several years he was a member, and three years Chairman of the Winnipeg School Board. He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the electoral district of Winnipeg in the general elections held in 1904. A Liberal, he did not run in the 1908 election.

He helped found the drug wholesaler company National Drug and Chemical Company of Canada (now McKesson Canada) in 1905 and was its first president. He retired in 1922. He died in Winnipeg in 1933 of a stroke.

Bole Street in Winnipeg is named in his honor.

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