Memorable Manitobans: Alexander McIntyre (1861-1928)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Crinan, Ontario on 15 June 1861, he was educated at Crinan, St. Thomas, Hamilton, Ingersoll, and Owen Sound. He graduated from Queen’s University (Kingston) in 1888. He taught school in Ontario for a time, including a period at the high school in Glencoe. He came to Manitoba in late December 1892 and taught mathematics and science at Brandon Collegiate.
In early 1898, he was appointed a School Inspector for northeastern Manitoba, based at Winnipeg. Three years later, he replaced Hugh Stewart MacLean as Vice-Principal of the Central Normal School, serving under Principal William Albert McIntyre until his death. He was considered an authority on the history of education, and he edited school textbooks in geography and arithmetic, including Elementary Science (1908, co-authored with Robert Thomas Hodgson) and World Relations and the Continents (1911). He also served on the Board of the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. In May 1926, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba.
On 17 April 1889, he married Isabella Margaret McGugan (1861-1936) at Middlesex County, Ontario. They had one daughter, Gladys Isabel McIntyre (1890-1963) who became a teacher for the Winnipeg School District. Active in the Masonic fraternity, he served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. He was also an Elder of Westminster United Church.
He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 15 February 1928 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Dr. A. M’Intyre dies from sudden attack,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 February 1928, page 1.
“Manitoba teacher of note is dead,” Brandon Daily Sun, 16 February 1928, page 1.
“Deaths and funerals,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 February 1928, page 41.
Department of Education Annual Report 1928, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary [Gladys Isabel McIntyre], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 1963, page 24.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 October 2022