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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander “Sandy” Logan (1841-1894)

Politician, municipal official, Mayor of Winnipeg (1879-1880, 1882, 1884).

Born at Fort Douglas on 5 November 1841, son of Robert Logan and Sarah Ingham Logan, he was educated at St. John’s College. In 1864, he married Maria Lane (1850-?), a daughter of Richard Lane. They had eight children: Mary Jane Logan (b 1865, wife of W. M. Bannatyne), Annie M. Logan (b 1869), Harriet L. Logan (b 1871), Alexander H. Logan, Lizzie M. Logan (b 1874), Sarah L. Logan (b 1876), Owena F. Logan (b 1879), and Richard T. Logan (b 1880).

The Logan estate was situated on the banks of the Red River, at the foot of the present Logan Avenue, between George and Robert Streets, and extended for four miles. He was a Winnipeg City Alderman for many years, and Mayor in 1879-80, 1882, 1884. It became a tradition for every prominent Winnipegger to call on the Logans on Christmas Day. He was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, in 1873.

Logan died on 23 June 1894. He is commemorated by Alexander Avenue in Winnipeg.

More information:

“Mayor Alexander Logan of Winnipeg” by A. F. J. Artibise, The Beaver (spring 1874): 4-12.

Alexander Logan, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XII, 568-69.


1881 Canada census, FamilySearch.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 3 April 2010

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