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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Cumming Fraser (1849-1944)

Click to enlargeDry goods merchant, MLA (1896-1899), Mayor of Brandon (1888-1889, 1901-1902).

Born in Renfrew County, Ontario on 4 September 1849, and came to Brandon in 1881, where he established the dry goods firm of A. C. Fraser and Company. In 1911, he sold the company to Isaiah R. Strome. He served as a Brandon City Alderman from 1884 to 1885, and Mayor of Brandon twice. He served as a member of the Brandon School Board. He was elected as an MLA for North Brandon in 1897 but was defeated in 1899 and 1903. In his later life, he served as a police magistrate at Brandon. With wife Mary he had five children: daughters Grace, Jessie, Flora, and Mary, and son George.

He died on 15 December 1944, and is commemorated by Fraser Crescent in Brandon.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fraser Block / Chrest Block (1031 Rosser Avenue, Brandon)

Sources:

Western Municipal News, January 1945, page 17.

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

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 November 2011

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