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Memorable Manitobans: James Riddell (1850-1926)

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James Riddell
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Farmer, MLA (1896-1899), MLA (1900-1903).

Born at Jedborough, Scotland in May 1850, he came to Carman in 1880, where he farmed for many years. He was President of the Dufferin Agricultural Society. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as a Liberal representing Lorne in 1896, and he served until 1903, when he was defeated by Rodmond Roblin after a redistribution of seats. He subsequently ran unsuccessfully for Parliament from Macdonald, being beaten by William D. Staples. In later years he was President of the Caledonia Box and Manufacturing Company of Winnipeg. He died at his Winnipeg home, 174 Anderson Avenue, on 19 September 1926 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Sources:

“James Riddell, former M.L.A., died on Sunday,” newspaper clipping dated 21 September 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2014

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