David Wesley Bole
|David Wesley Bole|
|Member of Parliament for Winnipeg|
January 11, 1905 – September 17, 1908
|Preceded by||Arthur Puttee|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Haggart|
|Born||February 15, 1856
Watford, Canada West
|Died||June 24, 1933
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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 Canadian House of Commons 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.
- David Wesley Bole – Parliament of Canada biography
- "The Canadian Parliament; biographical sketches and photo-engravures of the senators and members of the House of Commons of Canada. Being the tenth Parliament, elected November 3, 1904". Internet Archive.
- "David Wesley Bole Pharmacist, Manufacturer, Wholesaler Leader" (PDF). Canadian Academy of the History of Pharmacy.