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Encyclopedia > Jacob Froese

Jacob Froese (born November 28, 1917, died June 14, 2003) a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was the province's only Social Credit MLA between 1959 and 1973, and was the party's leader for most if not all of the period from 1959 to 1977.


Froese was born in Winkler, Manitoba. He was educated in the local school system and worked as a farmer, also becoming a leading figure in the Winkler Credit Union Society. Early in his life, he was a Young Liberal.


Froese was elected to the Manitoba legislature for the riding of Rhineland in a November 1959 by-election, defeating a Progressive Conservative candidate by 91 votes. He was re-elected by 33 votes in the 1962 general election, and by greater margins in elections of 1966 and 1969.


The Social Credit Party of Manitoba was largely moribund in this period, and it never came close to electing a second MLA during Froese's time in the legislature. A popular local figure, Froese was for all intents and purposes an independent parliamentarian.


Manitoba politics became increasingly polarized between the New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party during the 1970s. Froese was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Arnold Brown in the 1973 election, and finished a poor fourth in a bid for re-election four years later. He ran as a federal Social Credit candidate in Lisgar in the 1974 Canadian election, but finished fourth in this race as well.


In the 1981 provincial election, Froese ran for provincial parliament as a member of the Progressive Party of Manitoba, founded by former NDP cabinet minister Sidney Green. He received only 349 votes, and did not attempt any further political comebacks.


Froese died in 2003. His funeral was held at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church, of which he had long been a member.


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Froese, Peter J. (1913-1997) (527 words)
Peter J. Froese, minister and farmer, was born 17 January 1913 in Kondratyevka, Borissovo Colony, Russia to Anna (Penner) and Johann Jacob Froese.
In 1946 the Froese family moved to a 20-acre farm in Abbotsford.
From 1967 to 1975 P. Froese became leading minister of Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church in Manitoba where he was ordained as elder on 17 November 1968 by Elder Jacob F. Pauls.
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- Hofbesitzer 88 Schoeneberg Enß, A. - Oekonom 88 Schoensee Enß, Cornelius - Hofbesitzer 88 Schoensee Enß, Dietrich - Hofbesitzer 87 Neunhuben Enß, Jacob - Hofbesitzer 99 Tiege Enß, Micha.
- Hofbesitzer 40 Keitlauerweide Schierling, Jacob 40 Keitlauerweide Schulz, Isaac 43 Krebsfelde Siebert, Joh.
- Hofbesitzer 60 Güldenfelde Penner, Heinrich - Hofbesitzer 59 Pr.Königsdorf Penner, Heinrich - Oekonom 55 Altrosengart Penner, Jacob - Besitzer 93 Baalau Penner, Jacob - Einsasse 55 Grunau Penner, Joh.
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