Edward Parnell (politician)

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Edward Parnell
28th Mayor of Winnipeg
In office
1921 – 1922 (died in office)
Preceded by Charles Frederick Gray
Succeeded by Frank Oliver Fowler
Personal details
Born April 1859
Dover, England[1]
Died 9 June 1922 (aged 63)
Victoria, British Columbia

Edward Parnell (1859 – 9 June 1922)[1][2] was a Canadian politician, the 28th Mayor of Winnipeg from 1921 until his death in office.

Parnell came to Canada while still young and settled in London, where he worked as a baker and served 11 years on the city council.[1] He ran unsuccessfully for the position of London's mayor, losing to Adam Beck.[3] He moved to Winnipeg in 1909,[4] where he established a bread-making company in partnership with John Tully Spiers.[1] The company operated a second bakery in London.[4] He married Mary Jane Harwood and the couple had seven children. From 1918 to 1919, Parnell was president of the Canadian Manufacturers Association and, from 1920 to 1921, was president of the Winnipeg Board of Trade.[1]

His name is commemorated by Parnell Avenue in Winnipeg.[5]

His former home has been designed as a historic building by the city of Winnipeg.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Edward Parnell (1859-1922)". Manitoba Historical Society. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "City Government: Mayors, Past and Present". City of Winnipeg. Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "WCPI search results". Western Canada Pictorial Index. University of Winnipeg. 
  4. ^ a b c "Historic Buildings Committee" (PDF). City of Winnipeg. 26 June 1981. 
  5. ^ "History in Winnipeg Street Names". Manitoba Historical Society. 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2009-01-11.