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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander Cantlie (1877-1920)

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James Alexander Cantlie
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Soldier, financial agent.

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James Alexander Cantlie
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Born at Montreal, Quebec on 28 July 1877, son of James Alexander Cantlie and Eleanora Stephen, he was educated at the Montreal High School and Royal Military College (Kingston, Ontario). He joined the Lake of the Woods Milling Company at Montreal in 1895, moving to the company's office in Winnipeg in 1901. He established a financial agency in Winnipeg in 1904. He lost his health in 1917 and John Young Reid took his place.

He was largely responsible for the formation of the 179th and 174th battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. His health prevented him from going overseas during the First World War but he continued his recruiting efforts in Canada, forming a garrison battalion of the 79th at Winnipeg.

In 1906, he married Annie Michie (?-?, daughter of John F. Michie) at Toronto and they had two sons. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, St. Lawrence Yacht Club, Montreal Hunt Club, Conservative party, and Presbyterian church.

He retired to California in November 1918 and died at Pasadena on 19 October 1920.


Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 603.

“Birthday congratulations to,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 July 1917, page 15.

“Dies in California,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 October 1920.

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]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2021

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