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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander McLennan (1851-1921)

Contractor, municipal official.

Born at Inverness, Scotland in 1851, he worked in the cattle business with his father before emigrating to Canada in 1877 and engaging for two years in construction work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1880 he started in business as a contractor. One of his first jobs was the laying of the first block pavement in Winnipeg, on Main Street between the CPR station and the Assiniboine River, later replaced by asphalt. He also built the first sidewalks and sewer mains in the city, along with the McIntyre Block and other large buildings. He retired from business around 1902. In 1905 the family moved to the Elmwood area of Winnipeg and, in 1913, he was elected to the Winnipeg city council on behalf of Ward 7. He was re-elected every year between 1914 and 1919. He died at his Winnipeg residence on 25 June 1921.


“Alex. M’Lennan dies after long illness,” newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2018

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