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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander “Mac” McDonald (1860-1933)


Born at Niagara Falls, New York on 15 January 1860, he spent his youth at London, Ontario before coming to Manitoba in 1882 in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1885 he was made traffic manager of the Manitoba and North Western Railway, a position he held until 1900 when the railway was absorbed by the CPR. From 1885 to 1893 his headquarters were at Portage la Prairie. He moved in the latter year to Winnipeg, where he served as a general freight and passenger agent. Around 1913, he went to work for the federal government as a freight rate expert. He retired in 1929 and moved to Toronto, where he died on 8 March 1933.


Ontario death registration, Ancestry.

“Alex. M'Donald, former citizen of Winnipeg, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1933. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2018

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