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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel James Hungerford (1872-1955)

Click to enlargeRailway executive.

Born at Bedford, Quebec on 16 July 1872, he began his railway career as a machinist’s apprentice. Later he became superintendent of locomotive shops for the Canadian Pacific Railway at Winnipeg until 1910. He then accepted a position with the Canadian Northern Railway as its superintendent of rolling stock at Winnipeg.

After the amalgamation of the Canadian Northern into the Canadian National in 1918, he became vice-president and general manager of the merged entity by 1922. He took over as acting president in 1932, and president from 1934 to 1941, chairman of the board of directors from 1935 to 1942, first president of the Trans-Canada Airlines from 1937 to 1941, and president of National Railway Munitions, a crown corporation during World War Two.

He died at Farnham, Quebec on 7 October 1955.


“Hungerford Explains Lay-off” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1938, page 13.

“Former CNR President S. J. Hungerford Dies” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1955, page 2.

Page revised: 14 February 2009

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