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Memorable Manitobans: James Reid Hamilton (1861-1954)


Born at St. Mary’s, Ontario in 1861, he was educated at the University of Toronto. He taught science and mathematics at the Wesleyan Ladies College at Hamilton, and at Collingwood and Brantford collegiates. In poor health, he moved to Crandall, Manitoba where he worked in the implement, lumber, and coal business. Several years later, he returned to Brantford where he taught until 1913, when he was appointed Principal of Portage Collegiate, serving until 1936. In retirement he moved to Winnipeg to live with his daughter. He died at Winnipeg on 7 October 1954 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


“James R. Hamilton, former Principal of PCI, dies at 94,” Manitoba Leader, 7 October 1954, page 1.

Ante Nos Scientia: Portage Collegiate Institute, 1882-2005 by Lisa Pao with Barry Bills, Portage Collegiate Institute Reunion Committee, 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 March 2013

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