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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Alexander McNiven (1887-1961)

Educator, lawyer, judge, MLA, Senator.

Born at Walkerton, Ontario, on 23 June 1887, son of John D. McNiven and Elizabeth Montgomery (1866-1947), he grew up in Virden, attending Virden School and the University of Manitoba (1909, Law). He taught at Lanark School, Oakview School, and Elkhorn School (1908-1910, Principal) before articling in Virden. In 1912, he was called to the Saskatchewan Bar. He married Leila Maud Higginbotham (1888-?) at Virden on 13 October 1915 and had a daughter. In 1919, he partnered with Douglas Fraser. He served as a Liberal MLA to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (1922-1929) and Liberal Member of Parliament for Regina City (1935-1944), after which he was named as Judge of the Saskatchewan Court of King’s Bench (1944-1949) and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (1949-1961). He retired in July 1961 and died at Regina on 31 July 1961.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Regina Liberals name sitting Members again,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 May 1925, page 1.

“Five appointed to judiciary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1944, page 12.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 1961, page 12.

“Deaths yesterday,” Lethbridge Herald, 1 August 1961, page 2.

Former Justices of the Court, Donald Alexander McNiven, Courts of Saskatchewan.

ParlInfo - People - Parliamentarians, Donald Alexander McNiven, Parliament of Canada.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 January 2018

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