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Memorable Manitobans: William James Lovie (1868-1938)

Farmer, MP (1922-1925), MP (1926), MP (1926-1930).

Born at Bervie, Skene, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 30 December 1868, second child of James Lovie and Isabella Moir. His father died of tuberculosis a week after his birth. Lovie attended Skene Parish Common School (Aberdeenshire) and emigrated to Canada in July 1885 as part of the British Home Child scheme. He came to Manitoba and lived with his uncle John Moir, who farmed near Holland. He acquired farm land of his own nearby in 1892. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the United Farmers of Manitoba for 18 years.

On 30 November 1893, he married Mary Jane Gordon of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at her cousin’s home in Wellwood, Manitoba. They had four children: Evelyn Gordon Lovie (1894-1894), John Gordon Lovie (b 1896), Alexander Lovie (b 1897), and Frances Mary Lovie (b 1901). In 1912 the family relocated to a farm 2½ miles east of Holland. He was elected to the House of Commons for Macdonald in 1921, representing the Progressive Party, replacing Richard C. Henders. He was re-elected in 1925 and 1926. He did not seek re-election in 1930.

He died on 24 November 1938 at Holland, Manitoba.

Sources:

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867 - 1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

We thank Dennis Lovie, great-grandson of W. J. Lovie, for information used in this profile.

Page revised: 29 December 2009

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