Elias George Conklin

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Mayor
Elias George Conklin
5th Mayor of Winnipeg
In office
1881–1881
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba member for Winnipeg North
In office
1883–1886
Personal details
Born(1845-08-16)16 August 1845 [1]
Keglane, Brant County, Canada West
Died 20 April 1901(1901-04-20) (aged 55)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Spouse(s) Janet Scott (m. 1873)

Elias George Conklin (16 August 1845 – 20 April 1901) [2] was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and the fifth Mayor of Winnipeg.

Legislative Assembly of Manitoba form the Legislature of Manitoba, Canada

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and the Queen of Canada in Right of Manitoba, represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba form the legislature of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Fifty-seven members are elected to this assembly in provincial general elections, all in single-member constituencies with first-past-the-post voting. The Manitoba Legislative Building is located in central Winnipeg, at the meeting point of the Wolseley and Fort Rouge constituencies.

Winnipeg Provincial capital city in Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America, approximately 110 kilometres (70 mi) north of the Canada–United States border.

Conklin was born in 1845 near what is today Paris, Ontario. During his private career, he was a partner in the real estate firm Conklin and Fortune and was also involved in construction and grist mill ventures. [2]

Paris, Ontario Unincorporated community in Ontario, Canada

Paris is a community located at the spot where the Nith River empties into the Grand River in Ontario, Canada. It was voted "the Prettiest Little Town in Canada" by Harrowsmith Magazine. The town was established in 1850. In 1999, its town government was amalgamated into that of the County of Brant, thus ending 149 years as a separate incorporated municipality but Paris remained the largest population centre in the county. While Brantford is located within Brant geographically, it is a fully independent community with its own municipal government.

Towards the end of 1880, after Conklin had been a city alderman for some time, he defeated William Gomez Fonseca in the Winnipeg mayoral election. Conklin served as Mayor in 1881, then left that office after serving only one year. [3]

In 1883, he was elected to the at the Winnipeg North provincial riding. Conklin served one term there until his defeat in the 1886 provincial election.

Winnipeg North was a provincial electoral division in Manitoba, Canada. It existed on two separate occasions.

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References

  1. MLA Biographies - Deceased at the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba Archived March 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. 1 2 Manitoba Historical Society - Elias George Conklin
  3. William Gomez Fonseca at the 'Dictionary of Canadian Biography'