Memorable Manitobans: John Henry McConnell (1862-1944)
Implement agent, auctioneer, undertaker, real estate agent, MLA (1914-1915), MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1921-1922).
Born at Prospect Hill, Ontario on 18 August 1862, son of John McConnell and Catherine Delaney, he was educated at a common school near St. Mary’s, Ontario. He lived in Winnipeg for a while before moving to Hamiota in 1892 where he established a lumber business and later a creamery. In partnership with his brother, J. G. McConnell, he later diversified his business interests into machinery sales, undertaking, and livestock shipping.
On 25 December 1883, he married Minnie Marie Brown (1866-1935) of Hamiota and they had five children: Lorne Hansel McConnell (1889-?), Gertrude Amanda McConnell (1891-1946), Ruby Pearl McConnell (1893-1981), Mildred Irene McConnell (1895-1982), and Redvers Clarence Leroy McConnell (1900-1984). Defeated as a Liberal candidate in the 1899 provincial election, he was first elected at the 1914 general election, being re-elected in 1915 and 1920, but defeated in 1922.
He died at Hamiota on 26 March 1944 and was buried in the Hamiota Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.
1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
“J. H. McConnell, former Hamiota M.L.A., dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1944, page 2.
Obituary [Mildred Irene McConnell], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1982, page 75.
Obituary [R. Clarence L. McConnell], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1984, page 44.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Blaine Little and Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 March 2022