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Mayor Percy Victor Ibbetson

Portrait of Mayor Percy Victor IbbetsonPercy Victor Ibbetson attended school at Wesley College and the University of Manitoba, before being called to the Manitoba bar in 1924 and the Ontario bar in 1927.

Ibbetson was elected as a Councillor for Port Arthur in 1930, receiving the most votes of any candidate in that election. After one year, he ran for Mayor in 1931, winning a close race over three other candidates. When Ibbetson came to office, the country was facing the worst of the Great Depression. During his Mayoralty, Ibbeston was faced with two protests led by angry citizens, one in July 1931 and again in October 1932.

Ibbetson was appointed Thunder Bay District Crown Attorney, starting in 1940 until his retirement in 1958. At times, he noted how challenging it could be to oversee such a large area. He tended to be apprehensive of 'judge-made' laws, preferring to rely on statutory law.

Born: Sept. 21, 1897 in Gladstone, Manitoba
Died: July 2, 1973 in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the age of 77
Councillor: 1930
Mayor: 1931-1932


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