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Memorable Manitobans: James Richard Murray (1885-1963)

Grain expert.

Born at Limerick, Ireland on 11 September 1885, son of James Murray and Mary Seymour, he attended Trinity College and came to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1905, working his way to Winnipeg. He joined the Winnipeg-based Grain Growers’ Grain Company in 1909 as a clerk, and was appointed Assistant General Manager in 1916. After the merger with Alberta Elevator Company in 1917, he became manager of United Grain Growers’ eastern division. He helped create the pool system. In 1930 he became General Manager of the Alberta Pacific Grain Company. In 1935, he became Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Wheat Board, negotiated the sale of the 295 million bushel surplus within eight months, and resigned because he said his job was done. On 12 June 1916, he married Verna Marjorie Livingstone (?-?) at Winnipeg. They had a son, J. Richard Murray. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 22 August 1963 and was buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park at Saanich.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 November 2019

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