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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander D. McRae (1874-?)

Lumberman and capitalist.

Born at Glencoe, Ontario on 17 November 1874, son of Duncan A. McRae and Mary Mawhiney, brother of Randolph J. McRae, he was educated at local public schools then commenced a career in banking in the United States. He subsequently engaged in colonization work in Western Canada with A. D. Davidson under the firm name of Davidson & McRae, with offices in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Vancouver. He was also vice-president and managing director of the Canadian Western Lumber Company (Fraser Mills, BC), president of the Anacortes Lumber & Box Company (Anacortes, Washington), treasurer of the Columbia River Lumber Company (Golden, BC), vice-president and managing director of the Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Limited (Victoria, BC), president of the Canadian North Pacific Fisheries Limited (Vancouver), president of Wallace Fisheries Limited (Vancouver, BC), and a director in the Saskatchewan Valley Land Company (Winnipeg).

In 1907 he moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver. He wsa a member of the Vancouer Club and Manitoba Club. His recreations included shooting, fishing, and horsemanship.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Page revised: 7 March 2010

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