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Memorable Manitobans: John Daniel Gillies (1856-1930)

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James Daniel Gillies
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Merchant, MLA (1886-1888), MLA (1888-1892).

Born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 10 December 1856, eldest son of Angus Gillies, he was educated at Summerside Grammar School. He settled in Manitoba in 1876, setting up in business as a merchant at Minnedosa two years later. He served as Chairman of the Board of School Trustees from 1883 to 1884 and Mayor of Minnedosa and Warden of Minnedosa County in 1885. Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1886 general election, for the Minnedosa East constituency, he was re-elected in 1888. On 29 June 1881, he married Jean McKenzie (1861-1948), third daughter of Kenneth McKenzie of Burnside. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 20 January 1930.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

J. A. Gemmill (editor), The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1887.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Death registration [Jean Gillies], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Mrs. J. D. Gillies], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1948, page 31.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 October 2018

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