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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Duncan McKinnon (1852-1940)

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Peter Duncan McKinnon
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Insurance manager.

Born at Whitby, Ontario on 7 February 1852, son of Duncan McKinnon and Annabella McDougall, he attended the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute. He arrived in Manitoba in 1880 and was Principal of the Portage la Prairie public school (1880-1882), a lumber salesman at Whitemouth with Duncan McDonald (1882-1887), and a life insurance salesman (1887-1924). He was Manager of the Life Department of the Mutual Life Association Company for fifteen years and Manager of the Investment Department for fifteen years. He retired on 1 January 1924 and moved to Florida.

On 16 January 1894, he married Pauline Oliver (?-?, daughter of James Oliver) and they had a son and three daughters. The family lived at 189 Kennedy Street and had a summer home at Ponemah. He was a member of the AF & AM (Prince Rupert), Carleton Club (President), and Knox United Church.

He died at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida on 19 November 1940.


Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 691.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“P. D. McKinnon, early resident, dies in Florida,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 November 1940, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2021

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