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Memorable Manitobans: James Robert Jones (c1852-1916)

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J. R. Jones
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Born at Peterborough, Ontario, and educated at Toronto School of Medicine, where he received the degree of MD in 1878. After further study in England he returned to Canada in 1882 and began practice in Winnipeg. He was one of the founders of the Manitoba Medical College in 1884 and became the first professor of Internal Medicine. He served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1894, 1901) and the Manitoba Medical Association (1908-1909), and Acting Dean of the Medical College (1898-1900). He was a Governor of the University of Manitoba, federal immigration officer for Winnipeg and, in addition, engaged in private consulting practice which extended into Saskatchewan.

On 5 January 1887, he married Margaret Dennistoun, of Peterborough (sister of Judge Dennistoun of Winnipeg) and they had one son. He was a founding member of the St. Charles Country Club.

He died at St. Paul, Minnesota on 11 January 1916 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. His pallbearers were Judge Richards, E. M. Robinson, E. D. Loucks, John A. Machray, Dr. William Harvey Smith, and Dr. H. H. Chown.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Co., Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

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

“Buried yesterday,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 January 1916, page 10.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 August 2014

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