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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Black (1847-1913)

Lumberman, municipal official.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in April 1847, where he was educated and later learned the carpenter’s trade. He married in Dunfermline, Scotland and had three children. He came to Montreal, and was employed in the building industry for fifteen years. Coming to Winnipeg in 1882 he went into the lumber business and, in 1893 formed the Alexander Black Lumber Company in partnership with his brother, George Black. He was a Winnipeg City Alderman from 1887 to 1890, and a member of Central Congregational Church and the Thistle Curling Club. He served as President of the Manitoba Curling Association (1897-1898). He died at Winnipeg on 13 November 1913 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Alexander Black dies suddenly”, Manitoba Free Press, 14 November 1913, page 15.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

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

We thank Terry Webber for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 July 2017

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