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Memorable Manitobans: William “Bill” Buchanan (1865-1944)

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William Buchanan
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Farmer, MLA (1914-1915).

Born in Tyrone County, Ireland on 17 June 1865, son of Patrick Buchanan and Margaret Cairns, he was educated at the local common school, and came to Canada with his family in 1872, setting at Parry Sound, Ontario. He worked on the family farm and in lumber camps until moving to Manitoba in 1892 where he took up a farm near Dauphin, eventually having 1280 acres and a herd of 100 dairy cattle. On 15 November 1899, he married Jessie Wishart (?-1952, daughter of Robert Wishart of Dauphin) and they had a daughter, Evelyn Buchanan (1916-1983, wife of Albert Clark Hoskins). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for Dauphin on 10 July 1914. He was defeated at the next election, in August 1915, and did not run again. He died on his farm near Dauphin on 11 August 1944.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.

“Dauphin district pioneer William Buchanan, dies,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 17 August 1944, pages 1, 5.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 March 2020

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