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Memorable Manitobans: John Adolphus MacArthur [McArthur] (c1860-?)

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John Adolphus MacArthur
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Physician and surgeon.

Born in Middlesex County, Ontario around 1860, son of Archibald and Christina MacArthur, he was educated at McGill University then came to Winnipeg in 1884 where he attended the University of Manitoba. He was member of the Winnipeg Medico-Chirurgical Association (President, 1903-1904), Canadian Medical Association, Manitoba Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association for Manitoba (Vice-President, 1902-1903), British Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Public Health Association. He was a Professor of Diseases of Children at the Manitoba Medical College and a consulting physician at the Winnipeg General Hospital.

In 1872, he married Lucille C. Casey at Montreal. He was a member of the Canadian Club, Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Play-goer’s Club (President), AF & AM, and Baptist church. His recreations included music and art, lacrosse, and cricket. A President of the Winnipeg Liberal Association, he was a Liberal candidate for the Winnipeg Centre constituency in the 1907 provincial general election.


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.

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

We thank Annie Langlois for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2019

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