Lemuel Harris

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This article is about the Canadian socialist politician, not to be confused with the American communist agricultural expert Lement Harris.

Lemuel (Lem) Harris (December 15, 1907[1] in Wales[2] – July 24, 1996) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Manitoba legislature from 1959 to 1969, representing the social democratic CCF and its successor, the NDP.[1]

Harris moved with his family to Canada at a young age. He worked for the Burns meat packing plant in Winnipeg.[2] He was from a trade-union background, and represented a strongly working-class constituency during his time in office.

He was elected for the riding of Logan in the election of 1959,[1] defeating Progressive Conservative A.E. Bennett by 177 votes. He was re-elected by greater margins in the election of 1962 and the election of 1966,[1] and supported Edward Schreyer's bid to become leader of the NDP in 1968-69. He retired from politics in 1969, just prior to the NDP's rise to government within the province.

Harris died in Winnipeg at the age of 88.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.
  2. ^ a b c "Lemuel Harris (1907-1996)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-10-14.