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Memorable Manitobans: John N. McFadden (1888-1956)


Born at Neepawa on 3 December 1888, son of John James McFadden and Elizabeth Caroline Williams, he was educated at Neepawa, St. John’s College (Winnipeg), and Osgoode Hall (Toronto). He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1911, where he practiced law for three years before moving to Dauphin in 1914. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1939.

In 1915, he married Madge Isabel Poole (1893-1982), niece of J. S. Poole, at Baldur. They had four children, there daughters and a son. McFadden was involved, along with Duncan D. McDonald, in the founding of Riding Mountain National Park, in 1930. He served as President of the Dauphin Board of Trade, Vice-President of the Manitoba Board of Trade, President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association, Chairman of the Dauphin School Board, President of the Manitoba Bar Association (1950-1951), and President of the Dauphin Horticultural Assocation. He was a member of the Masons (Vermilion Lodge No. 68) and Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, President of the Dauphin Rotary Club, and was District Governor of Rotary International.

He died at Dauphin on 1 April 1956

See also:

Birth Pangs of a National Park by Charles T. Thomas
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1970

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riding Mountain National Park Monument (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riding Mountain Visitor Centre (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Dauphin lawyer buried,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1956, page 12.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 August 2020

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