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Memorable Manitobans: George William McDonald (1875-1950)

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George William McDonald
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Merchant, MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1921-1922), MP (1936-1940).

Born at Lucknow, Ontario on 20 November 1875, son of Donald McDonald and Mary McKenzie, he attended Kinloss (Ontario) Public School and Kincardine (Ontario) High School, after which he taught Kinloss School (1897-1898). He then became an agricultural implement dealer and insurance agent at Boissevain.

On 26 December 1914, he married Jennie Myrtle Taylor (1889-?) at Boissevain and they had three children: Mary Elizabeth McDonald (1915-?), Donald John McDonald (1918-?), and Dougald Archibald McDonald (1918-?). He served as a councillor (1929-1935) and Mayor of Boissevain (1924-1926). Defeated as a candidate in the 1914 provincial general election, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for Turtle Mountain in 1915 and re-elected in 1920 but did not stand in the 1922 election. He was elected to the House of Commons for Souris in 1935, being defeated in 1940. He was a member of the IOOF (Noble Grand, Boissevain Lodge No. 17), Masons, and Presbyterian church.

He died at his Boissevain home on 21 April 1950 and was buried in the Boissevain Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“G. W. McDonald ex-Liberal MP for Souris dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 140]

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2021

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