Sveinn Thorvaldson

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Sveinn Thorvaldson
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
1914–1915
Constituency Gimli
Personal details
Born(1872-03-03)March 3, 1872
Iceland
DiedJuly 14, 1949(1949-07-14) (aged 77)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
Margerate Solmunson(m. 1896)
Children12, including Gunnar S. Thorvaldson
OccupationBusinessman, politician

Sveinn Thorvaldson (March 3, 1872 [1] July 14, 1949 [2] ) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1914 to 1915, as a member of the Conservative Party.

Biography

Thorvaldson was born in Iceland, and came to Canada in 1887. He was educated at public schools, and at the Collegiate Institute of Winnipeg. He married Margerate Solmunson on April 13, 1896, and they had twelve children. [3]

He worked as a merchant and was secretary-treasurer of Sigurdson and Thorvaldson Company Ltd. Thorvaldson served as reeve for the Rural Municipality of Gimli from 1903 to 1905 and for the Rural Municipality of Bifrost from 1908 to 1914, from 1922 to 1926 and from 1929 to 1930. [2] In religion, he was a Unitarian.

He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the 1914 provincial election, [1] defeating Liberal candidate Einar Jonasson and Independent-Liberal Taras Ferley in the constituency of Gimli. The Conservatives won a majority government, and Thorvaldson served as a backbench supporter of Rodmond Roblin's government.

In 1915, the Roblin administration was forced to resign from office amid a serious corruption scandal. A new election was called, which the Liberal Party won in a landslide. [4] Thorvaldson lost the Gimli constituency to Ferley [1] by 610 votes.

In 1934, he became a member of the civil list of the Order of the British Empire and, in 1939, a member of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon. [2]

He died in Winnipeg in 1949. [2]

Thorvaldson's son, Gunnar S. Thorvaldson, also served in the assembly from 1941 to 1949. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. listed as McWhirter. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Sveinn Thorvaldson (1872-1949)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  3. Who's who in Canada: An Illustrated Biographical Record of Men and Women of the Time, Volumes 6-7. International Press Limited. 1914. p. 543. Retrieved July 10, 2020 via Google Books.
  4. "Legislature Scandal". TimeLinks. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  5. "Gunnar Solmunder Thorvaldson (1901-1969)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved December 8, 2012.