Biography of Prendergast, James-E.-P. (James-Emile-Pierre), 1858-1945
James-Émile-Pierre Prendergast was born in Quebec in 1858. He studied law and was called to the Quebec bar in 1881. One year later, he settled in Manitoba where he became an attorney. In 1885, he was a defence counsel at Louis Riel’s trial. Active on Manitoba’s political scene, he served as an MLA from 1885 to 1897. He was also twice elected mayor of St. Boniface. He was Provincial Secretary from 1888 to 1889 under the Greenway administration, but resigned from Cabinet because he did not share the views of the Liberal Party on the Manitoba schools question. In 1897, he was named judge for the Winnipeg County Court, and later received a number of other judicial appointments in Manitoba, the North-West Territories and Saskatchewan. He became Chief Justice of Manitoba in 1930. Prendergast was also the founding president of l’Association d’Éducation des Canadiens français du Manitoba (1916) and held several other prominent positions in national and educational institutions and organizations. He co-edited Le Manitoba with A.-A. C. Larivière. Prendergast retired in 1944 and passed away the following year. Based on information from La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.