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Memorable Manitobans: John Patrick Molloy (1873-1948)

Veterinary surgeon, MP (1908-1911), MP (1911-1917), MP (1917-1921), Senator.

Born at Arthur, Wellington County, Ontario on 13 March 1873, son of John Molloy and Mary Alice Daly, brother of William Molloy and Thomas Boniface Molloy, he was came with his parents by stagecoach to Winnipeg in 1876. He was educated at the Ontario Veterinary College and the McKillop Veterinary College in Chicago, and practised at Morris.

On 7 January 1903, he married Frances Helen Keeley (1881-1946) and they had five children: Mary Molloy (1903-?), Blanche Helen Molloy (1905-?, wife of Paul Joseph Sweeney), Beatrice Alice Molloy (1907-?), Marie Kathleen Molloy (1909-?), and William Austin Molloy. He was a prominent member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Morris constituency in the Manitoba Legislature during the 1907 general election, being defeated by a vote cast by the returning officer. He was later elected for Provencher to the House of Commons in the general election of 1908, being re-elected in 1911 and 1917. He was defeated in 1921 by Arthur Lucien Beaubien. Molloy was appointed to the Senate in 1925, the first Irish-Catholic senator from Manitoba.

He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 16 March 1948 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Molloy School No. 1849 (RM of Morris)


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.

“Senator Molloy dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1948, page 1.

“Officials attend Molloy funeral,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 March 1948, page 17.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 September 2018

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