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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander M. Campbell (1856-1910)

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Alexander M. Campbell
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Educator, farmer, municipal official.

Born near Barrie, Canada West (now Ontario) on 12 February 1856, of Scottish descent, he arrived in Winnipeg about 1880. He graduated from Manitoba College in 1882, taking an honours degree in mental and moral philosophy, and in 1885 received an MA degree. For 10 years until 1892, he was a mathematics instructor at Manitoba College.

He left Winnipeg for a short time for Edmonton, and was the Principal of the first high school there. While in Edmonton he served on the Alberta Beef Commission and contributed valuable work to the Abattoir Commission. The call to farming proved irresistible and he returned to Manitoba to farm at Argyle. He also taught at McLeod School from 1897 to 1907. He sold his farm and retired from farming in 1905.

When the Livestock Commission of Manitoba was formed he became commissioner in 1907, and was appointed a member by the Provincial Government. He and wife Mary McNabb (1870-?) had four children: Jean Irene Campbell (b 1896), Angus Howard Campbell, Mary Marjorie Campbell (b 1901), and Donald Campbell (b 1906). He served as Reeve of the RM of Woodlands from 1907 to 1909.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 11 October 1910 and was buried in the Brant Argyle Cemetery.


1901 and 1906 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“A. M. Campbell dies of pneumonia,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 October 1910, page 3.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Shayne Campbell.

Page revised: 7 September 2014

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