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Memorable Manitobans: Roderick John Mackenzie (1873-1923)

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R. J. Mackenzie
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Railroad contractor.

Click to enlargeBorn at Kirkfield, Ontario on 20 March 1873, son of William Mackenzie and Margaret Merry, he was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto. He commenced business with MacKenzie, Mann & Company, Toronto. He came to Winnipeg first in 1885, and permanently in 1895. In 1910 he was listed by the Winnipeg Telegram as one of Winnipeg’s 19 millionaires. In 1911, Mackenzie had charge of construction work for the Canadian Northern Railway.

In 1910, he married Mary Elizabeth Cushing of California. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, and St. Charles Country Club. Recreations: Turf and outdoor sports. Roman Catholic. In 1911, he lived at 245 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg.

He died of pneumonia at Los Angeles, California on 1 March 1923 and was buried in the Lakeview Cemetery at Kirkfield, Ontario.


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.

“Canadian Railroad Official and Sportsman Dies in Los Angeles” The New York Times, 3 March 1923.

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]

We thank Bruce Pratt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2012

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