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Memorable Manitobans: James McKenzie (1854-1936)

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James McKenzie
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Farmer, MLA (1896-1899), MLA (1900-1903).

Born in Wellington County, Ontario on 23 April 1854, son of Kenneth McKenzie and Jane Condy, he came to Manitoba in 1868 with George McDougall and George Young. He homesteaded with his family at Burnside on the Portage Plains. On 29 June 1895, he married Sibylla Mary Hill (1863-?). They had four children: Jean McKenzie (?-?), Sibylla Eleanor McKenzie (1900-?, wife of Charles Mitchell), Mrs. W. Thomson (?-?), and Kenneth J. McKenzie (?-?). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Lakeside constituency at a by-election held in November 1896. He was re-elected at the 1899 general election but was not a candidate in 1903. He retired to Winnipeg where he was active with several farm organizations. He died at Brandon on 12 February 1936 and was buried in the Burnside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“James McKenzie, Manitoba pioneer, dies Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1936, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 September 2018

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