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Memorable Manitobans: Jessie Turnbull McEwen (1845-1920)


Born at Montreal in 1845, she was an early advocate of higher education for women. In 1877 she helped form the Toronto Women’s Literary Club which, in 1883, became the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association, with herself as President. She moved to Manitoba in 1884 when her husband began farming northeast of Brandon. The family built a large house called Tullichewen in 1893. McEwen became President of the Brandon branch of the National Council of Women of Canada in 1895, serving until 1916. She became a Vice-President of the National Council in 1900. She helped organize the first branch of the Red Cross in Manitoba and helped found the Young Women’s Christian Association in Brandon in 1907. She was an active Presbyterian and beginning in 1901 wrote for the Canada Presbyterian as well as the Farmer’s Advocate. As a feminist, McEwen was not considered a radical militant so much as a “persuader.” She died at Brandon on 1 June 1920 and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 December 2017

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