Thomas Sharpe (politician)

Last updated
Thomas Sharpe
20th Mayor of Winnipeg
In office
Personal details
Born(1866-03-14)14 March 1866
County Sligo, Ireland
Died 10 May 1929(1929-05-10) (aged 63)
St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Cathcart (m. 1887, d. 1922) [1]
Profession contractor, mason

Thomas Sharpe (14 March 1866 – 10 May 1929) was a Canadian politician, the 20th Mayor of Winnipeg from 1904 to 1906. [2] [3]

Sharpe was born in County Sligo, Ireland and worked as a bank clerk in his teens. He moved to Canada in 1885 initially working in Toronto as a pavement contractor, then in 1892 moved to Winnipeg. He was a Winnipeg city alderman since 1899 before becoming mayor.

County Sligo County in the Republic of Ireland

County Sligo is a county in Ireland. It is located in the Border Region and is part of the province of Connacht. Sligo is the administrative capital and largest town in the county. Sligo County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 65,535 according to the 2016 census, making it the 3rd most populated county in the province. It is noted for Benbulben Mountain, one of Ireland’s most distinctive natural landmarks.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

When a rise in cases of typhoid fever in Winnipeg was discovered in 1904 by the municipal Department of Health, mayor Sharpe responded with an aggressive program to develop and enforce sewage and water services. His work as mayor also led to the establishment of Winnipeg's first Board of Control in 1906. [1]

Typhoid fever A bacterial infectious disorder contracted by consumption of food or drink contaminated with Salmonella typhi. This disorder is common in developing countries and can be treated with antibiotics.

Typhoid fever, also known simply as typhoid, is a bacterial infection due to Salmonella typhi that causes symptoms. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe and usually begin six to thirty days after exposure. Often there is a gradual onset of a high fever over several days; weakness, abdominal pain, constipation, headaches, and mild vomiting also commonly occur. Some people develop a skin rash with rose colored spots. In severe cases there may be confusion. Without treatment, symptoms may last weeks or months. Diarrhea is uncommon. Other people may carry the bacterium without being affected; however, they are still able to spread the disease to others. Typhoid fever is a type of enteric fever, along with paratyphoid fever.

In municipal government a Board of Control is an executive body that usually deals with financial and administrative matters. The idea is that a small body of four or five people is better able to make certain decisions than a large, unwieldy city council. Boards of Control were introduced in many North American municipalities in the early 20th century as a product of the municipal reform movement. They proved unpopular with many as they tended to centralize power in a small body while disempowering city councils.

In March 1906, he responded to a strike by employees of the Winnipeg Electric Railway Company with strikebreakers and then with armed militia, earning the mayor the nickname "Gatling Gun Sharpe". This incident was considered a precursor to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. [1]

Winnipeg Transit

Winnipeg Transit is the public transit agency in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is currently a bus-only transit system and it is owned and operated by the city of Winnipeg. In operation for over 130 years, it currently employs over 1,300 people and operates over 600 buses to more than 6,000 bus stops within the city limits.


A strikebreaker is a person who works despite an ongoing strike. Strikebreakers are usually individuals who were not employed by the company prior to the trade union dispute, but rather hired after or during the strike to keep the organization running. "Strikebreakers" may also refer to workers who cross picket lines to work.

After 1906, Sharpe did not seek another term as mayor and returned to business interests.

Related Research Articles

Hugh John Macdonald Canadian politician

Sir Hugh John Macdonald, was the only surviving son of the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald. He too was a politician, serving as a member of the House of Commons of Canada and a federal cabinet minister, and briefly as the eighth Premier of Manitoba.

Glen Murray (politician) Canadian politician

Glen R. Murray is a Canadian politician and urban issues advocate. He served as the 41st Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1998 to 2004, and was the first openly gay mayor of a large North American city. He subsequently moved to Toronto, Ontario, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Toronto Centre in 2010, serving until 2017.

James Simpson (politician) Canadian politician

James "Jimmie" Simpson was a Canadian trade unionist, printer, journalist and left-wing politician in Toronto, Ontario. He was a longtime member of Toronto's city council and served as Mayor of Toronto in 1935, the first member of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation to serve in that capacity. He was also a member of the Orange Order in Canada.

Jacob Penner Canadian politician

Jacob Penner was a popular international socialist politician in Canada. A founder of the Social Democratic Party of Canada and the Communist Party of Canada, Penner was elected to the Winnipeg city council in 1933. He would remain at that post until 1960, becoming the longest serving elected Communist city council member in North America.

Roland Fairbairn McWilliams, was a Canadian politician and office-holder. He served as the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba from 1940 to 1953.

Thomas Urquhart (politician) Canadian politician

Thomas Urquhart was a Canadian politician and mayor of Toronto.

Albert Edward Smith Canadian politician

Albert Edward Smith was a Canadian religious leader and politician. A social gospeller, Smith was for many years a minister in the Canadian Methodist Church before starting his own "People's Church". He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1920 to 1922 as a Labour representative. In 1925, he became a member of the Communist Party of Canada.

Harry Marshall Erskine Evans Canadian mayor

Henry "Harry" Marshall Erskine Evans was a politician in Alberta, Canada, and a mayor of Edmonton.

Charles May (Canadian politician) Canadian politician

Charles May was Canadian contractor and politician. He served on the Edmonton City Council and later as Mayor of Edmonton from 1905 to 1906.

Dan Knott Canadian politician

Daniel Kennedy Knott was a labour activist and politician in Alberta, Canada and a mayor of Edmonton.

The Hamilton Tigers were a Canadian football team based in Hamilton, Ontario that played in the Ontario Rugby Football Union from 1883 to 1906 and 1948 to 1949 and in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union from 1907 to 1947. The club was a founding member of both the ORFU in 1883 and the IRFU in 1907. Throughout their history, the Tigers won five Grey Cup Championships as well as winning the Dominion Championship in 1908, the year before the Grey Cup was awarded. After struggling to compete on a sound financial level with the Hamilton Wildcats, who had joined the ORFU in 1941 and later the IRFU, the two clubs merged in 1950 to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Thomas Scott (Manitoba politician) Canadian military figure and politician

Thomas Scott was a Canadian military figure, Manitoba Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member of Parliament and the third Mayor of Winnipeg in the 19th century.

George Edward Sharpe was a Canadian politician serving as an alderman and the 36th Mayor of Winnipeg.

Charles Frederick Gray was a Canadian politician, the 27th Mayor of Winnipeg in 1919 and 1920.

Richard Deans Waugh was a Canadian politician, the 23rd Mayor of Winnipeg in 1912 and again from 1915 to 1916.

Thomas Russ Deacon was a Canadian politician, the 24th Mayor of Winnipeg in 1913 and 1914.

Thomas McKay (Northwest Territories politician) Canadian politician (1849-1924)

Thomas McKay was a Metis farmer and political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada. He represented Prince Albert in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1891 to 1894 and from 1898 to 1905. McKay was the brother-in-law of Lawrence Clarke, and like Clarke was connected to the Conservative Party of Canada. McKay was a Protestant Métis or Anglo-Metis individual, and was involved in the troubles of 1885 on the side of the federal government. He was one of the first forty men to volunteer to help Major Crozier of the Northwest Mounted Police. He served as an envoy to negotiate with Metis at Duck Lake. He also operated as scout relaying messages between Major Crozier and Colonel Irving. His brother James McKay served with C Company of the Winnipeg Rifles during the 1885 Resistance.

Thomas Sharpe may refer to:

Garnet Clay Porter was an American-born journalist and newspaper editor in Manitoba, Canada. He was also known as "the Colonel".


  1. 1 2 3 "Thomas Sharpe". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  2. "Thomas Sharpe (1866-1929)". Manitoba Historical Society. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  3. "City Government: Mayors, Past and Present". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 2009-01-12.