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Memorable Manitobans: James Roy McPhail (1889-1971)

Farmer, farm agency executive.

Born in Acton, Ontario, he came to Manitoba in 1901, and settled with his family on a farm near Brandon. He purchased his own land in 1910 and farmed until 1927, when he became President of the Manitoba Cooperative Livestock Producers Limited. In 1932 he became chairman of the provisional board of the Canadian Livestock Cooperative (Western) Limited. In 1933-34 he was president of the United Farmers of Manitoba, and from 1937 he served as managing secretary of the Canadian Livestock Sales Agency. He was chairman of the Milk Control Board from 1941 to 1961. He died in 1971 and was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2013

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