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Memorable Manitobans: Louis James Reycraft (1868-1956)

Lawyer.

Born in Kent County, Ontario, he received his legal education at Osgoode Hall (Toronto) then practiced law at Ridgetown, Ontario in 1896. In March 1913 he was appointed solicit and counsel for the Manitoba District of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and counsel for the Saskatchewan District. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1918. He retired in 1939 as Head of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s legal department western region.

He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Board of Stewards and Court of Session of St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church, Chairman of the Board of Regents of United College, and member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. He was awarded an honorary degree at the 75th anniversary of United College, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1946). He served as President of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg from 1929 to 1930.

He died at Winnipeg on 6 July 1956 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

Sources:

“L. J. Reycraft, ex-CPR legal official dies” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1956.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1956.

Page revised: 11 July 2009

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