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Memorable Manitobans: Finlay McNaughton Young (1852-1916)

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Farmer, MLA (1883-1886), MLA (1886-1888), MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899), Senator.

Born at St. Chrysostome, Chateauguay County, Quebec, in 1852, the son of farmer Duncan Young. In 1882, with his brothers, Charles A. Young, Fred W. Young and Duncan D. Young, he came to Manitoba and homesteaded at Wakopa in the Turtle Mountain district. He farmed there for several years, later acquiring a number of farms in the Killarney district. He entered the grain business, was a member of the Young Grain Company and part owner with Thomas H. Buck of the mill at Killarney. He married Louisa Nicholson of Valleyfield, Quebec. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1883 and 1886 for Turtle Mountain. In 1888 he was acclaimed in the new constituency of Killarney and was re-elected in 1892 and 1896. From 1896 to 1899 he was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in the Greenway government. Defeated in the 1899 general election, he was appointed to the Senate on 30 January 1900, serving until his death, which occurred at Killarney on 16 February 1916.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

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.

“Senator Young dead at Killarney,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 February 1916. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

“Grain Exchange Tribute to Charles A. Young,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 September 1928, page 18.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

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

We thank Donald D. Young, grandson of Duncan D. Young, for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 October 2018

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