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Memorable Manitobans: James Morrow (1856-1949)

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James Morrow
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Farmer, MLA (1911-1914), MLA (1914-1915).

Born at Mille Isles, Quebec on 8 July 1856, son of Irish immigrants William Morrow and Nancy Booth, he was educated at the local Common School. He came to Manitoba in April 1879 and settled on a farm in the southwestern part of the province, near La Riviere. He served as Councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Louise for ten years. He was acclaimed to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election on 31 October 1911, to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert Rogers. He was re-elected in 1914.

On 18 April 1883, he married Mary Ann McDougall (1859-?), daughter of William McDougall, of Hensall, Ontario. They had eight children: Jessie May Morrow (1884-?), Nancy Morrow (1885-?), William John Morrow (1887-?), Susan Jane Morrow (1889-?), James Alexander Morrow (1892-?), Mabel Morrow, Clark Wallace Morrow (1897-?), and David Clarence Morrow (1900-?). He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

He died at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg on 1 March 1949 and was buried in the Pilot Mound Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1914.

“James Morrow, former Manitou MLA, dies here,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 March 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 85]

We thank Dorothy Zetterberg for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 31 July 2019

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