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Memorable Manitobans: James Henthorne Argue (1848-1927)

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James Henthorne Argue
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Farmer, MLA (1900-1903), MLA (1903-1907), MLA (1908-1910), MLA (1911-1914).

Born in Ireland on 2 June 1848, son of Robert and Rebecca Argue, he was educated at Cavan grammar school. He commenced farming in Ontario in 1875 and came to Manitoba in 1882. In 1885, he married Emma Laura Shorey (1861-1938) of Peterborough, Ontario. They had two children: James Oswald Argue and Mamie Eleanor Argue (1889-?). He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Whitewater (1897-1900) and a member of the Manitoba Legislature for Avondale from 1899 to 1914, being elected in 1899, 1903, 1907, and 1910. He was a member of the AF & AM and LOL. He retired to Vancouver, British Columbia where he died on 4 March 1927. He was buried in Oceanview Cemetery at Surrey.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

“James Argue, formerly of Elgin, dies in Vancouver,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 March 1927, page 2.

Death registration [Emma Laura Argue], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

We thank Jim Argue, a great-grandson of J. H. Argue, for additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2018

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