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Memorable Manitobans: Henry John Meiklejohn (1859-1943)

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Henry John Meiklejohn
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Physician, insurance executive.

Born in Rawdon Township, Hastings County, Ontario on 24 June 1859, son of Peter and Christina Meiklejohn, he was educated at Campbellford, Ontario public and high schools, and Trinity University (Toronto). He graduated in medicine in 1888 and spent a year in postgraduate work in Edinburgh and London Hospitals. He practised medicine for twelve years in Sterling, Ontario. He came west in 1890 where for seven years he represented the Federal Life Assurance Company. He became Managing-Director of the Sovereign Life Assurance Company at Toronto in 1910. He retired in 1934. On 4 May 1895, he married Alice Melville Burnet (?-1917) and they had one son. He was a member of the Masons, IOOF, St. Andrews Society, Knox United Church, and Manitoba Club. In 1925, he lived at 269 Oxford Street, Winnipeg. He died at Winnipeg on 13 November 1943 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

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

“Dr. H. J. Meiklejohn, former life insurance head, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 November 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 143]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 January 2020

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