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Memorable Manitobans: James Washington Breakey (1865-1952)

Click to enlargeFinancial agent, civil servant, MLA (1914-1915), MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945).

Born at Port Hope, Ontario on 25 December 1865, son of James Breakey and Susan McCormac, he came to Manitoba in the early 1880s. In 1894, he became Secretary of the Rural Municipality of Glenwood, a position he held for 40 years. When the Town of Souris was incorporated in late 1903, he became its first Secretary-Treasurer. He was also a Director of the Northwestern Life Assurance Company.

On 18 January 1892, he married Jessie Hopkins, daughter of James Hopkins of Souris. Breakey was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in 1914, winning Glenwood for the Liberal Party. He served seven terms, losing only at the 1920 general election. He retired from politics in 1945, at age 79.

He died on 28 February 1952 and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1925.

“Long-time dean of MLAs dies at 86”, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 February 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2011

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