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Memorable Manitobans: Milton Daniel Grant (1874-1956)


Born at Hopewell, Nova Scotia on 31 October 1874, son of Thomas Grant and Catherine Fraser, he was educated at Pictou Academy, Dalhousie University, and Harvard University. He was an Assistant Actuary with the Government Insurance Department at Ottawa (1900-1910) then he came to Winnipeg where, in 1916, he became Actuary and Secretary at the Sovereign Life Assurance Company. He later served as President of the firm (1946-1952).

On 22 May 1903, he married Janet McCall (c1873-1969). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Presbyterian Church, England Institute of Actuaries, and Actuarial Society of America. He was an executive member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and served as its President (1944-1947).

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 1002 Dorchester Avenue, on 12 July 1956 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Leach tells mercantile group of Britain’s need to export,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1944, page 2.

“City C of C recalls fights and triumphs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1954, page 24.

“Insurance Executive dies at 83,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1956, page 32.

Obituary [Janet Grant], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1969, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 June 2014

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