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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Muir (1850-1908)

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Robert Muir
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Miller and grain dealer.

Born at Manila, Ontario on 28 December 1850, he received his education there and spent some years in the flour milling business. In 1878 he came to Manitoba and engaged in the machinery business, later branching into flour milling and grain. By 1892 he transferred all his time to milling and grain, and founded the firm of Robert Muir & Company. He was a founding director of the Dominion Elevator Company (1897). He was an active member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, serving as its President in 1898. In 1877, he married Elizabeth Ruth Richardson (1856-1907) of York County, Ontario. They had two sons: Robert Richardson Muir and Arthur R. Muir. He served a term as a Winnipeg alderman in 1892 and was a candidate for Winnipeg Centre in a November 1900 by-election. In 1904, he was a founding member of the Winnipeg Automobile Club. He died at Winnipeg on 27 June 1908 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by Muir Road in Winnipeg.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 November 2020

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