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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Hamilton Macklin (1863-1946)


Born at Hamilton, Ontario in 1863, he began a life-long career in newspapers as an office boy with the Toronto Globe, in 1879. He rose to the position of cashier and, in 1900, quit to become General Manager of the Manitoba Free Press. Described by a contemporary as “one of the most forceful, blunt and colourful figures” in Canadian journalism, he eventually became President of the paper. He retired in 1935 and was succeeded by John W. Dafoe. He served as President of the Manitoba Club from 1925 to 1928 and was a founder of the Canadian Press. He was a founding member, in 1905, of the St. Charles Country Club and a founding member of the Pine Ridge Golf Club. He was a member of the IOOF for over 50 years. In 1886, he married Margaret Jane Boyd (c1869-1917) of Toronto. They had two children: Terence Edward Macklin and Kathleen Mary Macklin (wife of Lorne V. Judson). He died at his Winnipeg home “Brentwood Lodge” at the corner of Hugo and McMillan on 30 April 1946 and was buried in Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. He is commemorated by Macklin Avenue in Winnipeg.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration [Margaret Jane Macklin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Kathleen Mary Macklin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“E. H. Macklin honoured upon his retirement as Free Press head,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1935, page 1.

“Pioneer newsman, E. H. Macklin dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Tributes to Macklin flow into Free Press,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 1946, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2017

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