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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh McKenzie (1870-1957)

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Hugh McKenzie
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Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936).

Born in Frontenac County, Ontario on 20 January 1870, son of John McKenzie and Eliza Hogan, he was educated at Lovant before coming to Manitoba around 1891 and farming near Deloraine.

He served 16 years as Councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Winchester and a trustee for the Hazeldean School District. He was first elected as a Progressive Party candidate to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1927 general election and was re-elected 1932. He was a member of the United Church of Canada.

On 2 January 1895, he married Elfreda Potter (1870-1953), daughter of David Potter of Deloraine. They had four children: Charles McKenzie (1896-?), William Gordon McKenzie (1897-?), Edith McKenzie (1900-?), and John David McKenzie (1906-?).

He died at Deloraine on 4 March 1957 and was buried in the Del-Win Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.

“Tribute paid to former member,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1957, page 8.

“Hugh McKenzie pioneer farmer, dies in 88th year,” Deloraine Times and Waskada News, 14 March 1957, page 1.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2022

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