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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Duncan “Dan” McDonald (1865-1945)

Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1910-1914).

Born at Wairn, Ontario on 13 May 1865, son of Donald McDonald (1828-1916) and Mary McLellan (1842-?), he was educated at Locharber East Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario then he travelled extensively in Canada and the United States, working as a lumberman for a time. Eventually, he came to Manitoba in 1900 and worked on his family’s farm in the Pretoria district southeast of Durban. He was a member of the Manitoba Grain Growers Association.

He was a councillor and Reeve (1909-1910) for the Rural Municipality of Swan River before being elected as a Liberal to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1910 general election, defeating incumbent James Wells Robson. He was not a candidate in the 1914 general election, having failed to secure the Liberal party’s nomination, and was defeated as an Independent candidate in the 1915 general election. He returned to the municipal council and served four more years as Reeve (1915-1919).

He died in late November 1945 and was buried in the Durban Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Liberal candidates,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 June 1910, page 11.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1914.

“Liberals on trial,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 August 1915, page 79.

“Local and general,” Dauphin Herald, 6 April 1916, page 10.

Death registration [Donald McDonald], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral service held for the late D. D. McDonald,” Swan River Star and Times, 13 December 1945, page 1.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 March 2022

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