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Memorable Manitobans: William Forsythe McCreary (1855-1904)

Click to enlargeLawyer, Mayor of Winnipeg (1897), MP (1900-1904).

Born at Pakenham, Lanark County, Canada West, on 5 May 1855, the son of James and Elizabeth Wallace McCreary. He married Annie Ellis Greene in 1882, and they had seven children.

He was educated in Arnprior, where he began the study of law. In 1881 he moved to Manitoba and became private secretary to Dr. J. C. Schultz. He finished his law studies and formed a partnership with George Elliott. He was elected Alderman for Winnipeg in 1883, 1884, 1886 and became Mayor of Winnipeg in 1897. In 1897 he was appointed Commissioner of Immigration, and in 1900 he was elected Liberal MP for Selkirk.

McCreary died in Ottawa on 4 May 1904.

He is commemorated by McCreary Road in Winnipeg, and the Rural Municipality of McCreary in Manitoba.


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

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

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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