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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander Barry (1886-1950)

Click to enlargeCity alderman, railway executive, MLA (1937-1940).

Born in Winnipeg on 13 January 1886, son of Michael Joseph Barry and Ellen Curlen, he was educated at St. Mary's School (Winnipeg). In 1879, his parents came to Manitoba from New Brunswick. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway, rising to the position of Chief Clerk.

On 27 November 1927, he married Delmar Erickson, daughter of Ile and Kain Erickson, of Murray, Manitoba. He served on the Winnipeg City Alderman for Ward 3, being elected in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1925. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1936 general election, serving a single term. A Catholic, he served as President of the Catholic Club (1906) and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus (1917-1918). In 1925, he lived at 216 Glenwood Crescent, Winnipeg.

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 21 May 1950.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Ex-Alderman, MLA, James A. Barry dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 144]

This profile was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 8 April 2012

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