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Memorable Manitobans: Glenlyon Archibald Campbell (1863-1917)

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Glenlyon Campbell
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Rancher, soldier, MLA (1903-1907), MLA (1908-1910).

Born at Fort Pelly, Saskatchewan on 23 October 1863, son of Robert Campbell and Eleonora Stirling, both of Perthshire, Scotland. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. After a brief stay in Fort Pelly he went to Montana, returning in 1882 to the Elphinstone area of Manitoba where his father farmed. In 1883 he crossed Riding Mountain and took up ranching in the Gilbert Plains area. Serving with the Boulton Scouts during the North West Rebellion of 1885, he was promoted to a Captaincy in the field.

Campbell was elected Conservative MLA for Gilbert Plains in 1903, and again in 1907, after two unsuccessful attempts in 1892 and 1896 against Theodore A. Burrows. In 1908, he resigned his provincial seat to contest the federal riding of Dauphin successfully, but was defeated in 1911. He was appointed Chief Inspector of Indian Affairs for the West in 1912.

On 1 April 1886 he married Harriet Burns of Okansase, and had four children; by a second marriage he had one child.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Campbell formed the 79th Battalion at Brandon, and rose to the rank of Major. He then recruited the 107th Battalion and went to France as its Lieutenant-Colonel. He won the Distinguished Service Order. He died in France on 20 October 1917.

See also:

Manitoba Municipalities: Rural Municipality of Gilbert Plains

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Glenlyon School No. 1209 (RM of Gilbert Plains)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gilbert Plains War Memorial (Gordon Avenue West, Gilbert Plains)

Sources:

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

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867 - 1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 February 2017

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