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Memorable Manitobans: James Dallas O’Meara (1849-1901)

Click to enlargeTheologian, lecturer.

Born at Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island, on 15 March 1849, a son of Reverend Canon F. A. O’Meara, rector of St. John’s church, Port Hope, and Margaret Johnston O’Meara. He was educated at Georgetown and the University of Toronto, where he obtained the gold medal in metaphysics in 1870 and his MA degree in1874. In 1877 he married Dora Black of Montreal, and had two children. He studied theology in Huron College and was ordained deacon by Bishop Hellmutb in 1872.

He moved to Manitoba in 1873 and was ordained priest by Bishop Machray. He was appointed professor of exegeses in St. John’s College and later professor of systematic theology and apologetics. He was made Canon of the St. John’s Cathedral chapter in 1876, Deputy Warden of St. John’s College in 1882, Doctor of Divinity in 1887, and Dean of Rupert’s Land in 1897. In 1877, he was a member of the First Convocation of the University of Manitoba and, two years, was a founding member of the Manitoba Historical Society. He was the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba in 1889.

O’Meara died in Winnipeg on 6 December 1901. He is commemorated by O'Meara Street in Winnipeg.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 September 2013

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