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Date of Birth: 1924
Death: 1996
Graduation: 1941

William Steward Arnold Martin

William Steward Arnold Martin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1924. After graduating from Kelvin High School in 1941, he attended the University of Manitoba, where he received his law degree. He then went to the University of Toronto, and became the first recipient of a PhD in three disciplines: economics, history and law. He practiced law for forty years, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel (a distinction for ability in the legal profession) in 1966. He served in many legal groups and business ventures. For over forty years, he was a member of the Manitoba Historical Society. He served as the President of the Manitoba Historical Society between 1968 and 1971, and was a Honourary President from 1983 until his death. Some of his many awards include a Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970), and a Hall of Fame Award from the Red River Historical Society (1975). He was also appointed to many positions, such as an Honourary Life Member of the Manitoba Record Society (1978), an Honourary Fellowship of St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba (1972), Honourary President of the St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg (1989 to 1991), Emeritus President of the Robert Burns Society of Winnipeg (1974), and a Life Fellow of the Foundation of Legal Research (1992). In 1993, he received the Governor-General’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. He died in Minnesota in 1996.