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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander MacLean (1869-1945)


Born at Mayfair, Ontario, he graduated from University of Toronto in 1892, and received a PhD from Columbia in 1894. He became chair of the history and political science department at Colorado University, then President the State University of Idaho in 1900. In 1912 he came to the University of Manitoba as its first President, retiring in 1934. He published Essays in the Financial History of Canada. He moved to Vancouver, then to Glencoe, Ontario. He died at London, Ontario on 18 January 1945 and was survived by five sons.


“Dr. J. MacLean dies in east,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1945, page 1.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2015

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