Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Hunter McMillan (1846-1933)

Click to enlarge

Daniel Hunter McMillan
Click to enlarge

Soldier, grain dealer, MLA (1880-1883), MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899), MLA (1900), Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba (1900-1911).

Click to enlarge

Daniel Hunter McMillan
Click to enlarge

Born at Whitby, Ontario on 14 January 1846, son of James and Eleanor McMillan, brother of William Wallace McMillan, brother-in-law of Ebenezer Thomson, he was educated at Whitby and Collingwood, Ontario. He came west with the Wolseley Expedition in 1870 as Captain of a Company. He remained active in military affairs, served as a Major in the 1885 North West Rebellion and he was commanding officer of the 95th Manitoba Grenadiers (1887-1892).

Entering the grain business in the firm of D. H. McMillan and Brother, he founded the first steam-powered flour mill in the city, and was a founding director of the Dominion Elevator Company (1897). He later served as the first President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, Director and Vice-President of the Great-West Life Assurance Company, and President of the Northern Crown Bank (1911). In 1910 he was listed by the Winnipeg Telegram as one of Winnipeg’s 19 millionaires.

In 1879, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Manitoba Legislature but was elected in a 1880 by-election to replace Thomas Scott, and in the 1888 general election, representing Winnipeg Centre. He was re-elected or acclaimed in 1889, 1892, 1896, and 1899. While a member of the Greenway government he served as Provincial Treasurer (1889-1900) then was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (1900-1911).

In 1877, he married Mary Esther Lindsay (c1862-1923) of Collingwood, Ontario and they subsequently had one daughter, Eleanor Isabel McMillan (1879-?, wife of Thomas Dixon Byron Evans and Leigh Manners McCarthy). He was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (President, 1899-1900) and Manitoba Club. He was a founding member, in 1905, of the St. Charles Country Club. The University of Manitoba awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1911.

He lived at 645 Wellington Crescent from 1911 to his death on 14 April 1933. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. There are papers at the Archives of Manitoba. He is commemorated by McMillan Avenue in Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McMillan House (645 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Armadale Cottage (175 Gimli Road, Ponemah, Dunnottar)

Daniel Hunter McMillan, Dictionary of Canadian Biography.


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.

Click to view

Manitoba As I Saw It: 1869 to Date, With Flash-Lights on the First Riel Rebellion

This book contains biographies of some prominent Manitobans in the early 20th century. It was written by Dr. John H. O’Donnell, and published by the Musson Book Company at Toronto in 1909. Most of those featured in the book were living at that time, so no information on death dates was provided. Where possible, these have been added to this online version.

Online version 2008, Manitoba Historical Society.

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

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Sir Daniel McMillan, colorful figure in pioneer west, passes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 April 1933, page 1.

Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

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

We thank Dennis Puranen and Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 May 2024

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Browse deaths occurring in:
1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Help us keep
history alive!