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Memorable Manitobans: John Hugh Kennedy (1867-1927)

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John Hugh Kennedy
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Hotelier, MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1923-1927).

Born at Martintown, Ontario on 16 August 1867, son of John and Mary Kennedy, he came to Manitoba in March 1882. He worked for the Vulcan Iron Works in Winnipeg, later with the Canadian Pacific Railway in bridge-building through the Rockies in 1884. He then came to Morden and engaged in the hotel business. He built the Arlington Hotel which he ran for some years and later farmed nineteen quarter sections of land near Rosenfeld. He was elected to Manitoba Legislature for the Conservative party in 1920 and 1922. He was a member of the IOOF, Knights of Pythias, and AOUW. Suffering from severe asthma, he stepped down from the legislature prior to the 1927 general election and moved to British Columbia where he died, unmarried, at Vancouver on 2 October 1927. He was buried at Cornwall, Ontario.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Arlington Hotel (254 Stephen Street, Morden)


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

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

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“John Kennedy, pioneer of Manitoba, is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 October 1927, page 1. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

We thank Albert Siemens for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2018

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