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Memorable Manitobans: John James McFadden (1856-1927)


Born at Mornington County, Ontario on 21 December 1856, son of surveyor Moses McFadden, he graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1880. He came to Manitoba in 1882 and established a practice at Neepawa which continued for 18 years. He was postmaster of Neepawa (1889-1897). In 1900 he moved to Brandon to become superintendent of the asylum there for three years. He then returned briefly to Neepawa before resuming the position of superintendent at Brandon until late 1917. He served as surgeon at the Stony Mountain Penitentiary for 10 years at which point he retired. He served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1910).

On 15 December 1886 he married Elizabeth Caroline Williams at Brandon. They had five children: John N. McFadden, Hamilton Sanders McFadden (1891-?), Elinor Gertrude McFadden (1893-?), Elizabeth McFadden (1898-?), and James Alexander McFadden (1900-?). He was a member of the AF & AM (Stony Mountain Lodge).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 936 North Drive, on 9 August 1927, and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Pioneer physician of Manitoba is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 August 1927, page 4. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 October 2020

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