Thomas Wolstenholme

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Thomas Wolstenholme (April 6, 1870—November 16, 1952[1]) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1922 to 1936.[2]

Wolstenholme was born and educated in Manchester, England, the son of Henry Wolstenholme and Mary Leech, and came to Canada in 1889. He was a director and shareholder of the Moline Cooperative Society, and served as reeve of the Rural Municipality of Saskatchewan in Manitoba from 1918 to 1922.[1]

He first campaigned for the Manitoba legislature in the 1922 provincial election, as a candidate of the United Farmers of Manitoba (UFM) in Hamiota. He was successful, defeating Liberal incumbent John Henry McConnell[2] by 403 votes. The UFM unexpectedly won a majority of seats, and formed government as the Progressive Party. Wolstenholme served in the legislature as a backbench supporter of John Bracken's administration. He was re-elected without difficulty in the elections of 1927 and 1932.[2] He did not seek re-election in 1936.

Before the 1932 election, the governing Progressives formed an electoral alliance with the Manitoba Liberal Party. Government members, including Wolstenholme, were known as "Liberal-Progressives" after this time.

Wolstenholme was struck by a car on November 14, 1952, and died of his injuries at the Minnedosa General Hospital two days later. His death was ruled an accident.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Thomas Wolstenholme (1870-1952)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.