Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 141 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Prairie History No. 2

No. 2

Manitoba Photographers List

Free Press Manitoba 150
Free Press

MHS YouTube Channel

Manitoba Brick & Blocks
& Blocks

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander Macdonald (1860-1946)

Click to enlarge

William Alexander Macdonald
Click to enlarge

Lawyer, MLA (1892-1893), judge.

Born at St. Catharines, Ontario on 7 June 1860, son of Frederick William and Eliza Clara Macdonald, he was educated at the St. Catharines College Institute. He opened a law practice at Brandon, Manitoba in 1882, serving as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba from 1895 to 1898. Defeated in the 1888 provincial general election, he was elected in 1892 as the representative for Brandon City, serving as leader of the Opposition until his seat was declared void in 1893 and he was defeated in a September 1893 by-election by Charles Adams. He moved to Nelson, British Columbia in 1898, staying there until 1909 when he went to Vancouver, joining the law firm of Cowan, Macdonald and Parkes. In 1913, he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, serving until retirement in 1933. In 1884, he married Mary Elizabeth Gamble (?-?). They had one son and three daughters. He was a member of the Vancouver Club and the AF & AM. He died at Vancouver on 1 October 1946.


Who's Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

“Former M.L.A. of Manitoba, dies in B.C.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 December 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2020 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.